Monsignor Michael M. Boland, President of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, released the following statement today in response to recent Executive Orders made by the President.
“Today’s actions and Executive Orders signed by the President are deeply troubling. All people, including immigrants and refugees, deserve our respect and compassion. For 100 years Catholic Charities has welcomed the stranger. This is a city built by immigrants. We will continue to stand with and welcome our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters.
As Pope Francis shared in his congratulatory letter to President Trump, ‘Under your leadership, may America's stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door.’ I pray the President considers these words as he makes decisions that impact thousands of people looking to improve and better their lives and those of their families.
Each year we support more than 250,000 immigrants and 400 refugees across our programs and we will not turn our back on those most in need. We will continue to open our doors and welcome all, regardless of faith or background, with the love and compassion that Jesus showed. We are grateful for those who support the work we do in the community and the work of our partner agencies and our City leaders who stand with us to welcome the stranger.”
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