OAKLAND, Calif. – November 19, 2015 – In the wake of the tragic events in Paris on November 13, 2015, Catholic Charities of the East Bay Chief Executive Officer Chuck Fernandez has issued a statement on behalf of the agency’s refugee resettlement program. The agency, which has provided resettlement services in the East Bay for over 35 years, is committed to providing for the safety of all refugees referred to it from the U.S. State Department, including those fleeing civil war in Syria.
The attacks in Paris have led to passionate discussion regarding the acceptance of Syrian refugees to the United States. “We wish to express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the attacks. We also express our condolences to the French people and others traumatized by this violence,” said Mr. Fernandez. “We want to take this opportunity to reinforce our unwavering commitment to ‘Welcoming the Stranger’ and to the safety of our community. These are not mutually exclusive and the United States can continue to welcome refugees while steadfastly maintaining our own security.”