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Bishops, Catholic groups worry about consequences of partial travel ban


  • A news assistant runs past the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington after the justices announced they would hear President Donald Trump's travel ban case in October and also said that in the meantime, a limited version of the ban could take effect while the legal battle continues. (CNS photo/Yuri Gripas, Reuters)
  • People are seen outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington June 7. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington is seen June 7. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration said the country's Catholic bishops are "deeply concerned" about the consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow a partial ban on foreign nationals as it reviews the constitutionality of a wider ban.

"Today's decision will have human consequences," said Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, of Austin, Texas, following the U.S. Supreme Court's announcement that in October it will hear a case involving President Donald Trump's travel ban, which seeks to delay entry into the country by immigrants, including refugees, from six majority-Muslim countries. It also seeks to suspend, for a time, the entry of all refugees.

The court announced June 26 that until its hears the case in the fall and weighs a decision, it would allow part of the ban to be implemented and some "foreign nationals" will be barred from entering the country, but that determination will be made depending on the applicant's previous relationships with a person or institution in the U.S. The administration says it needs to implement the ban while it reviews the refugee resettlement program and its vetting procedures.

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