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Priests’ group supports bishops, opposes funding plan for border wall

 February 19, 2019 • For immediate release

 As members of the Association of U.S. Catholic priests, we priests and friends stand with the U.S. bishops opposing the use of previously appropriated funds to construct a wall along the border of the United States and Mexico.

 It is a long-established initiative of the AUSCP to support the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in promoting and advancing comprehensive immigration reform.

 Immediately following the February 15 announcement by President Trump regarding funding for a border wall, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin issued a joint statement to say that the funding plan “circumvents the clear intent of Congress to limit funding of a wall.” (

 DiNardo is President of the USCCB; Vásquez chairs the USCCB Committee on Migration. They describe the wall as “a symbol of division and animosity between two friendly countries,” and conclude, “We remain steadfast and resolute in the vision articulated by Pope Francis that at this time we need to be building bridges and not walls.”

 The AUSCP heartily endorses this strong and clear statement and calls on members and friends to express their support and take public action on this critical issue. 

For more information and comment:

Rev. Bernard “Bob” Bonnot,, (330) 397-1257

Rev. Pete Ruggere MM,, (813) 900-4479

Sr. Jacquelyn Doepker, OSF, Executive Secretary,, (872) 205-5862

On behalf of the AUSCP
Paul Leingang,, 812) 459-1374