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 Saint Benedict – Salt and Light Committee

 Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration


“The Catholic Catechism instructs the faithful that good government has two duties, both of which must be carried out and neither of which can be ignored.  The first duty is to welcome the foreigner out of charity and respect for the human person.  Persons have the right to immigrate and thus government must accommodate this right to the greatest extent possible, especially financially blessed nations:  ‘The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin.  Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.’ Catholic Catechism, 2241.”

The second duty is to secure one’s border and enforce the law for the sake of the common good.  Sovereign nations have the right to enforce their laws and all persons must respect the legitimate exercise of the right:   “Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption.  Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.” Catholic Catechism, 2241

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) opposes “enforcement only” immigration policies and supports comprehensive immigration reform.  In the pastoral letter, Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, the bishops outlined the elements of their proposal for comprehensive immigration reform. These include:  Earned legalization; a future worker program; family- based immigration reform; restoration of due process rights; addressing root causes of migration.


The Bishops declared that “regardless of their legal status, migrants, like all persons, possess inherent human dignity that should be respected…Government policies that respect the basic human rights of the undocumented are necessary.” USCCB pastoral letter, Strangers No Longer   No. 38


This information is just a snippet of what is available on the web page of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The problems of immigration are not just about protecting the borders of the USA from terrorists, or smugglers.  Just like our ancestors, people come to the USA in search of a new life free of persecution and having the opportunity to feed clothe and educate their families.  We as Christians have the obligation given to us by Jesus himself to love our neighbor as ourselves.  

Check out the web site, www.usccb.org for more information. or Justice for Immigrants

 

 

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