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Advocates stress that US has moral obligation to welcome refugees

Leaders from six organisations want Americans and President Donald Trump to understand that refugees, especially those from war-torn Middle Eastern countries, are average people with careers, comfortable homes and loving families rather than see them as a monolithic threat to the United States.

Their appeal during a news conference at Casa Italiana at Holy Rosary Church in Washington on 1st February came as refugees continued to be denied entry into the US nearly a week after Trump ordered a 120-day suspension of the US refugee resettlement program.

Officials of Catholic Charities USA, Migration and Refugee Services of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., Catholic Relief Services, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the Center for Migration Studies called on Trump to rescind his presidential memorandum implementing the suspension, saying the country has a moral obligation to welcome people fleeing for their lives.

They called the world’s refugee crisis a pro-life issue.

Picture: Syrian refugees wait on the Syrian side of the border near Sanliurfa, Turkey, on 10th June 2015. (CNS photo/Sedat/Suna, EPA).