Letter: Trump’s ‘Radical Vetting’ Order for Refugees not Christian
To the Editor-
President Trump has halted entry of all refugees into the United States for at least four months. Mr. Trump claims to be a Christian, and many Catholics and Evangelicals voted for him.
I hope Catholics know that Pope Francis said, “It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help.”
I hope Catholics and Evangelicals remember the parable of the good Samaritan. The man in that parable was beaten and left for dead. Refugees from Syria and other countries have often lost their home, their livelihood, and even family members. Some of them are in danger because they worked for our armed forces. They are lost, hungry, cold, and hopeless. Can we look away? How can we?
Some people say we should only let refugees in if they don’t pose a risk. Is there a chance the wrong person could slip through? Of course. But refugees go through a careful vetting process. No one admitted to the United States as a refugee has committed a terrorist attack. Did I miss the part where Jesus said only help your brother or sister if you can do it at zero risk?
Call the White House, Senators Baldwin and Johnson, and Representative Kind, and tell them you reject and condemn turning away refugees. Or do nothing, and walk with the people who looked the other way when the Jews of Europe were rounded up.