Americans are justifiably frustrated and angry with our outdated and broken immigration system. The problem is complex, and a comprehensive, national solution is necessary. To suggest that the U.S. can deport its way out of the problem by removing 11 million people is unrealistic. The U.S. needs a fair, practical solution that addresses the underlying causes of unauthorized immigration and creates a new, national legal immigration sy
stem for the 21st century.
The principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) stem from the solidarity of the human family and our commitment to the common good - a virtue that seeks to go beyond itself to forgiveness and reconciliation. It leads to a new vision of the unity of humankind. It is the unity that binds us together and extends our compassion to all people. Solidarity includes the Scriptural call to welcome the stranger among us-including immigrants seeking work, a safe home, education for their children, and a decent life for their families.
Our commitment to CST impels us to stand with the poor and vulnerable, to uphold everyone's fundamental right to life and the necessities of life including the right to work and to be treated fairly at work.
This state of terror for families is evidence that our political system has not adequately addressed the demand for labor, the inadequacies of our present immigration policies and practices, and the broader economic challenges. Some of the weakest members among us are bearing the brunt of the suffering, while legislators and other leaders, as well as many of us in the general public, have failed to give this issue the priority that it deserves.
Leaders in the Catholic community, as well as many other religious leaders, have called for comprehensive immigration reform which strives:
- To create legal avenues for workers and their families who wish to enter our country and work in a safe, legal, and orderly manner with their rights fully protected.
- To develop border protection policies that are consistent with humanitarian values and with the need to treat all individuals with respect.
- To allow authorities to carry out the critical task of identifying and preventing entry of terrorists and dangerous criminals, as well as pursuing the legitimate task of implementing American immigration policy
CORPORATE PUBLIC STAND:
Read the Corporate Public Stand taken by the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa HERE
Identity and Catholic Conscience (lecture transcript)
Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez
addressed an audience at Boston College on Sept. 8, 2016 during an event
sponsored by The Church in the 21st Century. He spoke about how immigration
reform is a spiritual issue it is a test of our faith, our humanity and our
compassion, and that people do not cease to be our brothers and sisters just
because they have an irregular immigration status.
Why Dont They Just Get In Line? (article)
Many Americans wonder why all immigrants do not just come to the United
States legally or simply "get in line if they are unauthorized. These
suggestions miss the point: There is no line available for unauthorized
immigrants and the "regular channels do not include them. Most unauthorized immigrants do not have the
necessary family or employment relationships and often cannot access
humanitarian protection, such as refugee or asylum status
Is the United States Turning
Away the Next Anne Frank? (article)
judgment can be harsh. So how will future generations look back on us and what
we did or, more to the point, didn't do for the millions of refugees from
Syria? That's the question Nicholas
Kristof asks in a poignant column in The New York Times
showing how today's rejection of Syrians fleeing slaughter mirrors the world's
rejection of Jewish refugees before the Holocaust.
"The Real Deal with the
US-Mexico Border (video)
by Al Jazeera, this is a concise but in-depth look at what's happening on
America's most controversial fence line.
It notes that while 93 percent of the cocaine consumed in the United
States comes across the U.S.-Mexico border, every year, an average of 253,000
guns bought in the United States cross the border into Mexico.
Changing Face of America (video)
The Changing Face of Americais a documentary film that briefly
explores the Latino experience and history in California, Texas, and Iowa. The
film touches on issues of education access, migration and immigration status,
generational status, and political implications of the demographic
change.Iowa is known to be a New Destination site for Latinos, meaning
Iowa has seen a very rapid growth in the Latino community. This film also
documents the Latino experience in Ottumwa, Iowa, and how that town has worked
to welcome the community and what this has meant economically and socially for