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Colorado bishops, in immigration pastoral letter, say employers ‘provide the chief incentive for illegality’

October 07, 2013

Making clear they were not endorsing any particular legislation, Colorado’s bishops have issued a pastoral letter on immigration.

The seven “essential principles that should guide our public debate,” the bishops said, are the following:

  • “the principle of the common good”
  • “the universal destination of the world’s resources and the right to private property”
  • “the dignity and rights of all migrants, including undocumented people, should be respected and protected”
  • “the creation of nations and the right to control borders are legitimate”
  • “the right to emigrate and respect for local laws”
  • “refugees and asylum seekers should be afforded protection”
  • “authentic integration of immigrants and the enforcement of laws”

“Passing just laws is not enough,” the bishops added. “The laws also need enforcement. And the sanctions for their violation should fall most heavily upon those who knowingly employ people who are in the country illegally because they are the ones who provide the chief incentive for illegality.”


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  • Posted by: unum - Oct. 08, 2013 8:57 AM ET USA

    Ah, the bishops present the political teachings of the Church of Colorado because the teachings of the Church of Christ are not adequate! How is a layperson to reconcile protecting the dignity and rights of all migrants, including undocumented people, with the creation of nations and the right to control borders? Where is the Church teaching on "the common good"? Is that from the Church of Obama? Message to Pope Francis, "The U.S. bishops are not listening!"

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Oct. 07, 2013 7:38 PM ET USA

    The bishop is partially right. The other side of the coin is the fact government does not protect our borders, looks the other way on many issues and also encourages the illigality. It is not just the business.