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Loyola University New Orleans Issues Statement on Separation of Migrant Children and Families

Loyola press release - June 20, 2018

Today, on World Refugee Day 2018, Loyola University New Orleans President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. has issued the following statement in response to the nation’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy now impacting migrant children and families:

As a Jesuit, Catholic university grounded in social justice, Loyola University New Orleans joins Pope Francis, Archbishop Gregory Aymond, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the growing number of humanitarian cries around the world in response to the inhumane cruelty being inflicted upon those most vulnerable by the nation’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

We believe in the inherent dignity and worth of all individuals. We hold family relationships, especially the relationship between parents and children, as a core value and a foundational element of society. As "men and women for and with others,” we have a responsibility to care for, support, and protect others, especially those who may be in danger.

We are deeply troubled by current immigration policies and practices that separate migrant children from their parents at the U.S. - Mexico border and that refuse asylum to women seeking refuge from domestic violence. We are concerned with the harm that is being inflicted upon young children and the jeopardy faced by people returned to situations of violence.

We call on our elected representatives and the presidential administration to work together to bring a swift and humane resolution to these tragic situations.

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