- Feb 22, 2020
Catholic bishops near the U.S.-Mexico border, joined by other U.S. prelates, voiced opposition immediately after President Donald Trump’s Feb. 15 declaration of a national emergency so he can order construction of a barrier along parts of the border between the two countries.
A judge in Texas ruled Feb. 6 that the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, must allow federal officials to survey some of its property for possible construction of a border wall on it.
In a fight to prevent a section of the border wall from being built on diocesan land, a Texas diocese is being assisted by the Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP), in Washington, DC.
No sooner had President Donald Trump finished his Jan. 8 nine-minute speech, his first such event televised in prime time from the Oval Office, about what he called a “crisis” at the border, than Catholic groups and others began tearing apart his arguments.
San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy condemned the Trump administration’s border wall effort this week, calling it “ineffective” and “grotesque” as the president visited the region to tour prototypes.
A scholar at a Washington think tank says the Trump administration doesn’t understand the financial, social, environmental and other implications of building a bigger border wall with Mexico and may push the country into paying for a costly, ineffective structure that would only serve to symbolize the sentiments of those in the U.S. who embrace bigotry.