Catholic bishops agree: 'Asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life'



Editor's note: In conjunction with the visit to Scranton, Pa., by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his recent statements about persons seeking asylum in the United States, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, Diocese of Scranton, has issued the following statement:

The development of a sound immigration policy that respects both the concerns of our nation and the needs of those individuals seeking asylum in our country for themselves and their children is a challenging task.
Sadly, current immigration policies have reached a critical point, with children and families with children who are seeking asylum being separated from one another.
These individuals are fleeing violence and chaos in their homelands, only to face policies that are destroying their families and unduly burdening their children.
While our borders must be protected and we must support the rule of law, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has asserted that “at its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life.” Separating children from their parents is an affront to the right to life. We must do all that we can to preserve and respect this right.