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Catholic Leaders Blast Trump for Border Policy, Claiming It Is Immoral to Separate Kids from Mothers

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops are criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump for his zero-tolerance immigration policies. Catholic church leaders agree that the policies, which can result in mothers being separated from their minor children, is 'immoral'. The White House has not responded to the criticism.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley put forth a border immigration statement yesterday that blasted Trump for his policy.

"These individuals and families are fleeing documented violence, chaos and murder in the neighborhoods of Central America. The United States is now openly before the world using children as pawns to enforce a hostile immigration policy. This strategy is morally unacceptable and denies the clear danger weighing upon those seeking our assistance," read the statement.

"As a Catholic bishop, I support political and legal authority," the statement concluded. "I have always taught respect for the civil law and will continue to do so. But, I cannot be silent when our country’s immigration policy destroys families, traumatizes parents, and terrorizes children. The harmful and unjust policy of separating children from their parents must be ended."

Some bishops at the conference suggested that Catholics supporting President Trump face 'cannonical penalties'.

The statement was in response to an announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month. The Trump administration was cracking down on illegal immigration by ramping up the prosecution of families that illegally crossed the border. Trump's aides acknowledged that this would result in the separation of more families, which is something Democrats have made a key concern.

"The children will be taken care of - put into foster care or whatever," Sessions told NPR.

A horrific story of a breastfeeding mother from Honduras being torn from her baby in a detention center as she awaited prosecution has stirred an uproar. The mother told CNN that she was handcuffed when she refused to put her child down.

CNN reported that some 500 families were separated since Trump's policy was instituted. The Trump administration continues to blame former President Barack Obama's policies for the problem, though.

"Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there (sic) parent once they cross the Border in the US. Catch and Release, Lottery and Chain must also go with it and we MUST continue building the WALL! DEMOCRATS ARE PROTECTING MS-13 THUGS," tweeted President Trump.

The Department of Homeland Security reiterates that the immigrants who are being separated from their families are here illegally, and thus they have committed a crime.

Evangelicals have long been among the staunchest Trump supporters, or at least side with him in support of the GOP. Even many of them are beginning to turn on the president due to his war on immigration.

"It's disgraceful, it's terrible to see families ripped apart, and I don't support that one bit," said Franklin Graham on CBN News.

"As part of long-standing policy, DHS is increasing referrals of illegal border crossers who violate our nation's sovereignty to DOJ for prosecution. Every day in communities across the country - if you commit a crime the police will take you to jail - regardless if you have a family or not... Illegal aliens should not get different - even better - rights because they happen to be illegal aliens," said a spokesperson from the Department of Homeland Security.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Gage Skidmore, White House

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