For more than eighty years the Catholic Church in the United States has provided a strong, institutional presence in support of immigrants and in favor of more just immigration laws. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) has partnered with The Catholic University of America to develop a new educational Website that highlights the significant role that the Church in the United States has played in this area. The site includes background on the issue, important documents that have been digitized, a chronology, a bibliography, and -- most important -- talking points on why this issue is important today.
And earlier this month, the bishops added to that history by issuing a regional statement on migration (also available en español). The bishops said: "As an immigrant nation, the United States and the American people, including Catholics, have traditionally welcomed newcomers and helped to integrate them into the country. We call upon the Congress of the United States and the Obama Administration to affirm this honored tradition and reform U.S. immigration law to allow migrants who work hard in the U.S. economy to enjoy the benefits of legal protection."
Photo: Fr. John Burke was the first general secretary of the National Catholic Welfare Conference, which established a Bureau of Immigration in 1920