North Carolina bishops issue statement on immigration
March 29, 2012
Bishops Michael Burbidge of Raleigh and Peter Jugis of Charlotte have issued a statement on immigration.
The statement, as delivered by the Raleigh diocese’s vicar general before a state legislative committee, offered five principles “based in the biblical tradition … as a guide should the General Assembly consider new immigration legislation for our State”:
The first principle, people have a human right to work and to support their family in dignity and safety of their homeland. Second, when work in their homeland is not possible due to economic hardships, people have a right to migrate to other countries to work and support their family. The third principle, countries have a right to protect their borders and also have the higher obligation to provide legal avenues for people to enter their country legally. Fourth, refuge must be provided to those who are fleeing their homeland due to political oppression. And the fifth principle, all persons, including undocumented workers, have a right to basic human dignity and should not be treated in an inhumane way by anyone.