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In light of recent and expected federal executive orders, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise affirms our commitment to accompanying and supporting the vulnerable in our society, including immigrants and refugees.

I believe that comprehensive immigration reform is the best and most appropriate solution for addressing immigration issues.

Accordingly, I urge our elected officials to seek solutions that will not only help with national security, but also facilitate family unification. My heart and prayers also go out to refugee families and to those seeking political asylum that have faced terrible violence, lost their homes and now need a new place to live.

It is my hope that our federal government focus its efforts on comprehensive immigration reform and humane refugee resettlement that will benefit not only these families, but also our entire country.