wrote on Twitter that the archbishop “lied.”

Archbishop Wenski acknowledged in the interview that his wording had been “imprecise” but maintained that the only difference between the Pedro Pan children and today’s unaccompanied minors is their countries of origin.

The political right, which likes to defend religious liberty, should allow the church to carry out its mission, he added: “Religious freedom should be freedom to believe and freedom to act on those beliefs.”

Ms. Valdivia said she did not want the shelter to close. But she said she supported Mr. DeSantis’s demand for more information on the migrants.

She said she worried especially about children being abused by smugglers.

Two members of the board of directors for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, which runs the shelter, have departed since the dispute, Ms. Valdivia said. Both were at odds with the archbishop over the issue. The organization’s chief executive declined to comment, calling it an internal matter.

Last year, the archdiocese raised $10,000 for the unaccompanied minors program at a “Havana Nights”-themed fund-raiser of mojitos and dominoes hosted on the Cuban museum’s rooftop.

Ms. Valdivia said Archbishop Wenski was still welcome to hold the event there again this year, as is planned. She has already reserved the date.

Kirsten Noyes contributed research.

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