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Home | Opinion | Commission on Migration, Bishop Seitz, Release Statement on National Guard Border Deployment
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Commission on Migration, Bishop Seitz, Release Statement on National Guard Border Deployment

On Wednesday, the Commission on Migration of the Diocese of El Paso and the Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz, Bishop of El Paso, released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to deploy the National Guard to the border.

Today’s decision by the Trump administration to deploy the National Guard to the border is morally irresponsible and dangerously ineffective. It is a hurtful attack on migrants, our welcoming border culture, and our shared values as Americans.

As a border community, we already know the painful moral and human consequences of the militarization of our border. Our undocumented brothers and sisters go through daily existence trapped between checkpoints and failed laws. Our Dreamers continue to live an anxious twilight of uncertainty and stress. The asylum seekers fleeing terror and seeking mercy at our border are imprisoned and separated from their families.

We know that our border has never been more secure. We know that it is irresponsible to deploy armed soldiers in our communities. We know that only by working together to address the dehumanizing poverty and insecurity in our sister countries in Latin America and around the world will we resolve the root causes that drive migration. And we know we must end the hopelessness in our communities that fuels our nation’s addiction to drugs, which deals only death and destruction to the people of our continent.

Jesus Christ, the Sun of Justice, gives us hope that our efforts to build bridges among peoples and cultures is not in vain. On this solemn day when we recall the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let us remember his words. “If we will make the right choice, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. If we will but make the right choice, we will be able to speed up the day, all over America and all over the world, when ‘justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.’”

Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz, Bishop of El Paso

Ms. Lily Limón and Mr. Dylan Corbett, Co-Chairs

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The Commission on Migration supports the Bishop of El Paso in advancing the mission of the Church so that persons who migrate are welcomed, protected, promoted and integrated, both in the life of the Church and in society.

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5 comments

  1. This political activist Bishop is exactly why I quit the church decades ago!

  2. Bishop Seitz indicates in his statement that the troops being sent to assist Border Patrol will be armed. It is my understanding that Federal law does not permit troops used in this situation to be armed and only if is determined that a particular occasion necessitates it, such troops may only utilize arms only for self defence. They may not use weapons to deter individuals from crossing the border nor may they make arrests. It might be morally irresponsible to activate National Guard in this situation, but it is also morally irresponsible for the bishop to engage in misrepresentation. General Mattis has specifically stated that the soldiers will not be armed but are only providing logistical support to Border Patrol agents. It is rhetoric and misrepresentation such as this that makes it harder for Catholics to take bishops or their message seriously. Our laws need much reform to recognize the needs of people fleeing violence, drugs, and crime, but in order for our country to provide a safe haven for such folks, we need to be able to deter the violence, drugs, and crime from coming here. When the bishops remove the locks from the doors of their homes and churches, it would seem to be more less Pharasaical of laying burdens on people that they themselves are not willing to accept.

  3. It is foolish for the Catholic church to seek more parishioners by favoring Hispanic immigrants. These people expect the church, a rich body, to support them in their every need; they never put more than a dollar in the collection plate, if even that much. The election of 1960 seemed to show Catholics were patriotic enough to become president. This may change if the church continues to support the ne’er do wells from Hispanic lands.

    • Echoing Trump’s assh**e countries biases and arousing hate of your brothers and sisters of Christ.
      Anyone that uses drugs created the drug cartels in Mexico, and have no right to criticize the sellers of their drugs!
      Never do wells, how compassionate, at your judgment day you will answer for your judgment of the
      poor, unfortunate, and others. Matthew 25:35-40

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