Our Catholic faith grounds us in the realization that each person has inherent dignity because he or she is created in the image and likeness of God. As children of God, we are treasured and valuable as we are. Throughout the Gospel, there are countless references that we must ‘welcome the stranger’ and care for them as ourselves. Because of this, all our national policies, including our immigration policies, should respect and protect the dignity of each person.
Our nation’s immigration system is broken. Increased enforcement is tearing families apart and causing suffering for those who are otherwise willing and eager to contribute to our society. Our nation needs an immigration system that reflects our faith values and the needs of the twenty-first century. Such a system reunites families and allows workers the opportunity to come forward without fear to pay taxes and earn legalization. A functioning system will serve the needs of our entire nation.
NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, calls for commonsense immigration reform that:
The time for commonsense immigration reform is now!
- See NETWORK's statement here and watch a NETWORK video of Catholic sisters expressing support for the president's actions and immigration reform.
- In this Congress, NETWORK will also continue to strongly oppose anti-immigrant legislation. A recent example is the letter we sent to Congress in February 2015 encouraging the passage of a "clean" funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, opposing anti-immigrant amendments.
- For a fact sheet on immigration reform, click here.
- For information about the history of immigration policies in our nation, click here.