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December 20, 2001
STATEMENT BY SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT MEL MARTINEZ ON THE PASSING OF MONSIGNOR BRYAN WALSH
"There are few people who have touched the lives of thousands of immigrant children in such a profound way as Monsignor Bryan Walsh."
"Over forty years ago Monsignor Walsh anticipated a crisis and answered the call with great vision and compassion reaching out to countless families in need. As I reflect upon the honor of serving President Bush, I realize that words cannot express the depth of appreciation in my heart for Monsignor Walsh whose perseverance and courage made it possible for me to taste freedom."
"The children of Pedro Pan and the entire community of Miami will always remember the servant who honored God with a selfless life and who stood for freedom so that thousands of children could one day live the American dream."