“The United States was founded by people fleeing religious persecution and has been inhabited since then largely by immigrants. Yet today, the United States finds itself at a critical juncture regarding its openness to newcomers. In the midst of the national immigration debate, many have adopted a siege mentality. The undocumented immigrants who currently reside within the United States are of special concern to the Church and society in general. Undocumented persons are particularly vulnerable to exploitation by employers, as they are unable to seek redress due of the fear of discovery and deportation.
The Church has historically taught that the lack of proper legal status should never deprive persons of their God-given rights to be treated fairly and humanely. The presence of large numbers of people living in the shadows of society without recourse to fundamental legal protections is a grave injustice that the Church seeks to change. In their joint pastoral letter Strangers No Longer:Together on the Journey of Hope, the bishops of the United States and Mexico called for a series of reforms to the broken U.S. immigration system.These include (1) policies to address the root causes of migration, which include warand global poverty, (2) reform of our immigration system, including an earned legalization program and a temporary worker program with appropriate worker protections, and (3) restoration of due process for immigrants.”
Welcoming Christ in the Migrant
May I see and welcome Christ in the migrant.
“Open your hearts and provide hospitality to those in need, especially for migrants who find themselves far away from home and in vulnerable situations.”
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Whatever you did for one of these least brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”
“You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; you shall love the alien as yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt”
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me.
As Congress continues to debate ways to address illegal immigration, we must remember the many hard-working legal immigrants that contribute so much to our nation’s economy and culture.
A nation of immigrants is holding another nation of immigrants in bondage, exploiting its labor while ignoring its suffering, condemning its lawlessness while sealing off a path to living lawfully. The evidence is all around that something pragmatic and welcoming at the American core has been eclipsed, or is slipping away.
The New York Times
We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.
People tend to forget that in our country, we’d pretty much all be immigrants, except for the Native Americans.