Media CenterCRS Urges New Administration to Continue Bipartisan Tradition of Foreign Assistance
The election in the United States has ended with a new President and Congress. While this political season revealed deep and bitter divisions in our country, we at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) will not be diverted from our mission of aiding the poor and vulnerable, a mission anchored in the imperatives of our faith.
CRS has a long history of working productively with both Republican and Democratic Administrations. We look forward to such work with the Trump Administration, hopeful that the United States will continue its long bipartisan tradition of helping the poor, hungry and marginalized people around the world.
As the incoming Administration develops its positions on addressing global poverty, hunger, and other issues facing those we serve, we are confident that it will build on the strong Republican legacy in foreign assistance and hope that Republican-inspired efforts to address global challenges like HIV/AIDS will continue and expand. We feel certain our new national leadership will agree that the United States has a moral responsibility--long enshrined in teaching by our Bishops--to help those around the world. We urge the new Administration to assume the mantle of this responsibility.
We are eager to contribute our experience as the Trump team forms its plans and policies.That experience includes seeing the impacts of climate change every day in the lives of small farmers and poor women in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Following the call of Pope Francis, we urge the new Administration to commit to both addressing the causes of climate change and assisting the poor around the world to adapt to it. Our common home is a gift from God that we have a responsibility to protect.
CRS also works in conflict zones where we see the horrible violence that forces vulnerable refugees to flee. Compassion must be our national response to these people -- including those who reach our borders fleeing violence in Central America -- irrespective of their race, religion, or national origin. Our nation should work to resolve the conflicts they flee, assist those who remain close to their homes, and, following the gospel teaching of Matthew 25 that tells us to “welcome the stranger,” allow our fair share of those who cannot go back home to come to the United States.