Bishop Tobin: It’s wrong to refuse Syrian refugees

By News Staff

Following the controversy after some lawmakers in Rhode Island asked the governor to reconsider her offer to take in Syrian refugees, Bishop Thomas Tobin expressed his stance on the issue Monday night.

In a statement, the Bishop Tobin says he believes it’s wrong for the state of the country to refuse refugees because of their nationality or religious beliefs.

However, the Bishop does want all refugees to be thoroughly vetted before being allowed into the country, and says the diocese is ready and willing to assist any refugees who end up coming here.

The full statement:

"It would be wrong for our nation and our state to refuse to accept refugees simply because they are Syrian or Muslim. Obviously the background of all those crossing our borders should be carefully reviewed for reasons of security. Too often in the past, however, our nation has erroneously targeted individuals as dangerous simply because of their nationality or religion. In these turbulent times, it is important that prudence not be replaced by hysteria. As is our well-established practice, the Diocese of Providence stands ready to assist in a careful and thoughtful process of refugee resettlement."

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