U.S. Bishops Express Disappointment in Travel Ban Decision

Bishop Jose Vásquez of Austin, chair of the USCCB committee on migration, and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, chair of the USCCB committee for religious liberty, issued a statement this week expressing disappointment in the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that upheld the White House travel ban policy, “because it failed to take into account the clear and unlawful targeting of a specific religious group by the government.”

The USCCB had filed a brief with the court denouncing the policy as an unconstitutional ban “targeting Muslims for exclusion.” Catholics have been targeted for discrimination in the U.S. in the past, and the bishops announced that they will “continue to advocate for the rights of people of all faiths, as well as serve the migrants and refugees through our various ministries.”