The organizations in the Maryknoll family have issued the following joint statements.
It is sobering to recall that in World War I the world’s major powers drifted and blundered into a war which none of them wanted and which was ruinous for all of them. Mr. President, for the sake of the entire human family, we urge you to press for the resumption of arms control negotiations without further delay.
We urge [Congress] not to leave Americans and people all over the world vulnerable to continued risks of more death, disease and economic disruption from these public health emergencies.
The United States should not support any particular party or sector or demand that Haitians take a particular path towards democracy. A stable and just Haiti - which is in the interest of Haitians and the US government alike - requires that Haitians lead and own their democratic process.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and missioners working on the southern border call for this shameful practice [of sending migrants to northern cities without a plan] to end and for leaders at all levels of government to work together for an ethical approach to the management of migration that centers the dignity of the person, in this case, the vulnerable migrant.
If the pandemic taught us anything it is that prevention is more humane and much less expensive than waiting to respond. The lack of political will and institutional failure to act quickly before the worst-case hits means people are being left to lurch from crisis to crisis. People are not starving; they are being starved.
The faith community has repeatedly urged Congress to provide lasting protection for our new Afghan neighbors. The only viable solution is through the passage of an Afghan Adjustment Act, as the U.S. has done for other vulnerable people such as Cubans following the rise of Fidel Castro, Southeast Asians following the fall of Saigon, and Iraqis following multiple U.S. military engagements.
We call on President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas to halt all removals to Haiti immediately. The humanitarian crisis in Haiti continues to worsen. The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights stated in May that, “Armed violence has reached unimaginable and intolerable levels in Haiti.”
In light of the extraordinary global need, and the United States’ demonstrated capacity to expand welcome, it is imperative that your administration set a robust refugee admissions goal of 200,000 refugees for FY23.
Finally! This landmark bill comes none too soon. As wildfires, floods, heat waves and drought surge throughout the planet, the cry of the earth, which Pope Frances calls us to heed in his Laudato Si’ encyclical, finally was heard in the halls of Congress. This legislation is a strong start for the United States to do its fair share to care for our common home.
We urge Congress to dramatically cut the level of spending allocated for weapons and war in the Fiscal Year 2023 budget far below President Biden’s request of $813 billion and to instead invest that money in programs that serve human needs.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns joined over 100 civil society organizations in calling on the Biden administration to take all available additional steps to end the Title 42 policy and mitigate its continuing harms.
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