Denying entry to refugees won't make USA safer, says Catholic Relief Services CEO

Refugees in the resettlement pipeline await a chance to start a new life in the USA. Refugees in the resettlement pipeline await a chance to start a new life in the USA. Photo: ICMC Washington DC, 27 January 2017 - Anticipating a US presidential memorandum on national security which should suspend refugee admissions, Sean Callahan, CEO of US-based humanitarian organization Catholic Relief Services, commented that similar measures will not be effective in making the country safer.

Interviewed by Catholic News Services, Callahan recalled that people seeking refuge in other countries are often victims of the same terrorists from which the Americans are trying to protect themselves. "As a Catholic agency founded on the social and moral teachings of the church, we must act based on our values and echo the Holy Father, who said 'there must be no family without a home, no refugee without a welcome, no person without dignity,'" Callahan explained. "This is not just a Catholic message; this is an American message. It is the message we should be sending to those in need around the world".

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