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Pelosi invoked a letter from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops lobbying against the GOP efforts and urged her Republicans to read the the Parable of the Good Samaritan from the New Testament of the Bible.
"Instead of bringing legislation forward that could solve this problem really and truly, it has resisted the appeals of humanitarian and religious leaders across all faiths," she said. "Evangelicals call on us to strengthen our country's position to providing safety and refuge to the vulnerable. This legislation we have before us does not do that. It is wrong. don't take my word for it. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urges members to oppose [HR] 5230, and work together to craft legislation that is more befitting the United States of America and the American people's history of compassion, and generosity to vulnerable children and refugees."
She went on to add the legislation dishonors America and continued to cite the Bible as her justification.
"I certainly hope that you will consider rereading the Parable of the Good Samaritan who helps a stranger," she said. "He did not ignore or harm a stranger he saw on the road. Perhaps that may be a path back I pray that it's so. Mr. Speaker, I want to submit for the record the letter of the bishop the evangelical table and the list of hundreds of organizations, faith-based and due process oriented who oppose these piece of legislation."
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