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Letter: Trump’s refugee order hurts innocent people

Trump’s refugee order hurts innocent people

I am writing to express dismay at President Trump’s executive order halting admissions of refugees for 120 days, and reducing by half the number of refugees to be admitted to the U.S. in 2017. I write as a Christian and a Catholic because this issue violates both my religious and humanitarian beliefs. In the Bible, we understand the great commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops makes it clear that loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world.

This is not only a Catholic issue. The National Association of Evangelicals has called on the president to continue settling refugees in the U.S., and points out that people of faith have always welcomed and helped settle refugees. The president of World Relief writes, “The lengthy delay imposed by this ban further traumatizes refugees, most of whom are women and children.”

Buffalo is noted for its compassionate resettling of refugees, many who come from Burma and African countries. Anyone involved in that resettlement process and who has come to know refugees understands that they are vulnerable individuals and families who most often are fleeing from persecution and civil war. We must keep in mind and urge the president and his administration to keep in mind that these are human beings like ourselves. If this issue concerns you and violates your own religious and humanitarian beliefs, I urge you to make your voice heard.

Robert Poczik


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