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By Jesse B. Russell, Crisis Magazine, March 4, 2020

Jesse B. Russell writes for a variety of Catholic publications.


On January 27, 2020, the United States Supreme Court voted to grant the Trump administration the ability to limit benefits to immigrants to the United States. The nation’s highest court granted the current presidential administration the ability to select those immigrants who would be able to “pay their own way” into the United States and not be a drain on the nation’s already stressed finances.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued an immediate response through Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley as well as Washington, D.C., Auxiliary Bishop Mario Eduardo Dorsonville-Rodriguez. They lamented the allegedly negative impact the ruling would have on members of immigrant communities in the United States who are “cast into the shadows because they fear deportation and family separation for seeking critical support.”  ….

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