USCCCP prelate ‘saddened’ by President Trump’s Cuba policy changes

[USCCCP] prelate ‘saddened’ by President Trump’s Cuba policy changes

[The arrangement was between Obama and Raul Castro, the latter of whom continues to limit the Cuban people’s human rights and religious freedom]

Catholic World News – June 29, 2017

The chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace recently said that he was “saddened to learn that President Trump scaled back our country’s bilateral engagement with the island nation.”

“Human rights and religious freedom will be strengthened through more engagement between the Cuban and American people, not less,” said Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces. “I urge that as the implementing regulations are drafted the President consider the ramifications for many ordinary Cubans who have taken advantage of new opportunities to support their families.”

At the same time, the prelate acknowledged that “the President is correct; serious human rights concerns persist. The Cuban government must be urged to respect religious freedoms and to extend greater social, political and economic rights to all Cubans.”

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One comment on “USCCCP prelate ‘saddened’ by President Trump’s Cuba policy changes

  1. [Another USCCCP prelate upset by the Trump administration – this time with the connivance of the Supreme Court]

    Prelate ‘deeply concerned’ following Supreme Court decision on travel ban

    Catholic World News – June 30, 2017

    A prelate has expressed concern about the “human consequences” of the Supreme Court’s decision temporarily allowing Trump administration to proceed with a partial implementation of the president’s Executive Order 13780.

    The executive order, more commonly known as the travel ban, is a revision of an earlier executive order and restricts entry into the United States of persons from six largely Muslim nations (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) for 90 days. Lower courts had blocked the implementation of the executive order.

    The Supreme Court will weigh the constitutionality of the executive order once its October 2017 term begins. Until then, the Court is permitting the administration to implement the order except in those instances when individuals can prove a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

    Bishop Joe Vasquez, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Migration, responded:

    “While my brother bishops and I appreciate the Court’s ruling to allow individuals who have a ‘bona fide relationship’ with a person or entity in the United States to continue arriving, we are deeply concerned about the welfare of the many other vulnerable populations who will now not be allowed to arrive and seek protection during the proscribed pause, most notably certain individuals fleeing religious persecution and unaccompanied refugee children.”

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