US bishops’ migration chairman issues ‘Migration and the Judgement of the Nations’
October 19, 2022
CWN Editor's Note: On October 18, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops published “Migration and the Judgement of the Nations,” a one-page statement that alludes to “the troubling convergence of our broken immigration system and the political divisions of our time.”
“Compelled by Christ’s clear mandate in Matthew’s Gospel [25:31-46], the US Catholic community remains steadfast in its commitment to welcome the stranger, especially the most vulnerable,” said Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville of Washington, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Migration. “Whether Afghan, Ukrainian, or Venezuelan, Dreamer or undocumented farmworker, asylum seeker, migrant, or refugee, all are imbued by God with an inviolable dignity,”
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Posted by: Randal Mandock -
Oct. 20, 2022 2:24 AM ET USA
It is not justice to deny human rights to anyone, but likewise it is not an injustice to require that anyone desiring citizenship be willing to abide by the spirit and letter of the law of the nation chosen to enter. Immigration law in the U.S. has been in need of reform at least as far back as the late 1960s. The current Administration's policies are designed, however, to sidestep the law, not to enforce it. The human trafficking taking place along the U.S. border is as deadly as it is immoral.