For Immediate Release
October 10, 2017
Media Contact: Janine Walsh
Franciscans Disgusted by Trump Administration's Weekend Immigration Principles Announcement
DREAMERs are not Partisan Bargaining Chips; Refugees are not Terrorists
Washington D.C.--The Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is deeply disgusted by the announcement over the weekend of the new immigration principles outlined by the Trump administration. Our nation is one founded by immigrants. One principle affects refugees who are escaping war and persecution and who have been vetted for up to two years. They are not terrorists and this will only put them in danger. Additionally, these principles should not be used as concessions for DREAMERs that came to the United States as children. These young Americans are not partisan bargaining chips.
"Why does the Presidential administration insist on making big announcements on the weekend?" remarked Franciscan Action Network executive director Patrick Carolan. "Clearly the Trump administration was hoping that no one would notice this announcement, but just as Pope Francis stands with immigrants and refugees, the Franciscan Action Network will continue to advocate on their behalf, no matter the cost."
The administration claims to advocate for family values and yet they continue to deport the parents of DREAMERs and allow DREAMERs themselves to be at risk for deportation. These new unprincipled principles will only increase fear within the immigrant and refugee communities. FAN will continue to advocate for a 'clean' DREAM Act and for legislation that does not tear families apart by deportation. Finally, FAN will continue to stand against the Muslim Ban and for an increase in refugee resettlement in fiscal year 2018.
Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus, and the example of Saints Francis and Clare, the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is a collective Franciscan voice seeking to transform United States public policy related to peace making, care for creation, poverty, and human rights. For more information: https://franciscanaction.org/