January 26, 2017, Washington, DC – Sister Donna Markham, OP, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, was one of many Catholic organization leaders to speak out on behalf of immigrants. They did so in in response to President Donald Trump’s executive actions calling for the construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and to cut federal funding from sanctuary cities and states. “Pope Francis has urged people not to close the door on migrants and refugees,” Sister Donna said in a statement . “In concert with the Holy Father, we believe we must move from attitudes of defensiveness and fear to acceptance, compassion, and encounter.” Read the entire Catholic News Service article , which also highlights the responses of other Catholic organizations, including Network and Pax Christi USA. Feature photo: An 18-foot steel wall already stands at the border of the United States and Mexico at Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico.