February 1, 2017
Presidential Executive Actions
Within his first week in office, President Trump signed three separate executive orders aimed at immigrants and/or refugees. These actions begin the process of implementing the Administration's plans to:
- expand and fortify the existing border security between the United States and Mexico,
- increase immigration deportation and detention and punish cities and counties that choose not to cooperate with federal deportation efforts, and
- restrict refugee resettlement in the U.S., virtually shutting down the refugee admissions program for 120 days.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has responded with separate statements that identify concerns and express opposition to these executive orders. See the USCCB website for
several immigration-related news releases