The Justice for Immigrants Campaign of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a new video Immigration and the Catholic Church with the comments:
The Catholic Church in the United States has been closely involved on issues related to immigration for over two hundred years. This video highlights the efforts that the Church has undertaken in the past and continues to do so in the present. Advocating on behalf of immigrant communities and providing pastoral support is central to the Church's work. For more information regarding what the Church is doing today, please visit the Migration and Refugee Services website.
To access homily helps, a bulletin insert with advocacy information, a pulpit announcement and backgrounders on questions about immigration reform which can be used in meetings with legislators, click on this link for Parish Advocacy Materials. At the top of the page is a post card that can be sent to your legislator electronically. You may call, email or make an appointment with your Representative in his or her office, or attend Town Hall meetings in your district to show your support for comprehensive immigration reform which preserves family unity and provides a path to citizenship.Questions? Contact Mary Beth Phillips in the Pro-Life.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops supports immigration reform that is comprehensive in nature and that facilitates the following goals:
Comprehensive reform to our national immigration policy should never add to the risk of admitting terrorists, but instead is to ensure that government authorities can identify and monitor those entering our country. If a migrant enters legally, that migrant will be known to the national government and necessarily be subject to appropriate background checks. Today, persons who enter our country illegally are often not known to the government nor can their whereabouts be monitored. Learn more about the teaching of the Church on immigration.
Primary source used for these bulletin insert texts: Office of Migration and Refugee Policy, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops