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Statement from Bishop Kemme

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I wish to join the bishops of the United States in support of the statement from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in condemning the zero tolerance policy of the administration which calls for the separation of parents from their children when illegally crossing the US border from Mexico. As Cardinal DiNardo stated, “Our government has the discretion in our laws to ensure that young children are not separated from their parents and exposed to irreparable harm and trauma. Families are the foundational element of our society and they must be able to stay together. While protecting our borders is important, we can and must do better as a government and as a society, to find other ways to ensure that safety. Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral.”

Please join me in proclaiming this truth to all who have power and authority in our civil society so that change in this policy will take place as soon as possible. What is happening at the US/Mexico border is wrong, immoral and even cruel.

Let us pray for a speedy resolution to the many challenges that present themselves in our current immigration laws and the policies. While providing secure borders is important, our country was nevertheless founded on the principle of welcoming the stranger and offering a better life to those who would seek it. Using children as a deterrent and separating even small children and babies from their parents, causing untold and unnecessary trauma, is not what our country is about. God bless you and God bless those families who are suffering in this way.

+Bishop Carl A. Kemme
  Bishop of Wichita

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