Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Friday, May 12, 2023

CRS statement on end of Title 42

Catholic Relief Services, which carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas, has responded to the end of Title 42 with a statement that recognizes the right of people to seek asylum when their lives are threatened and says, in part: 

What’s more, we know that most of those fleeing north are those most in need of relief—whose lives hang in the balance. We also know that most families wouldn’t choose to flee if they felt safe in their home countries. Given these realities, rather than focusing our policies solely at the border, we believe that the most sustainable and humane approach to immigration reform is through alleviating the poverty which too often robs families of their safety and their hope for the future.

For nearly 80 years CRS has seen firsthand the promise of robust investment in humanitarian and development programming that dismantles poverty and keeps families rooted in their communities. In the absence of such investment, people will continue to flee their homes and human smugglers will continue to profit from their desperation.
The entire statement is available here.

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