By Paul Schmitt
Bishops in Wisconsin are seeking a change to the Executive Order by President Donald Trump that issues a temporary travel ban. The Wisconsin Catholic Conference through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its immigration advocacy partner, Justice for Immigrants, are asking Catholics to contact President Trump and their members of Congress and urge them to support the U.S. refugee system and reevaluate the Executive Order. Wisconsin Catholic Conference Executive Director Kim Wadas says the hope is to reach out to the Trump administration and balance national security with the unintended consequences.
Wadas says the Wisconsin Catholic Conference efforts to stand up for refugees and the life-saving resettlement program is consistent with American and Catholic values. The Executive Order by President Trump halts refugee arrivals for 120 days and includes those who have already gone through up to two years of vetting, according to Wadas.