Immigration and the Archdiocese of Chicago

In January 2003, the Catholic Bishops of the United States and Mexico jointly issued a pastoral letter on migration entitled, "Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope". Not only did the statement outline elements of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ proposal for comprehensive immigration reform, but it also contained a set of pastoral recommendations for the Church to respond to the needs of immigrants. The Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Francis George, and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, Bishop John Manz, had active roles in the meetings that spawned the letter.

In response to this letter, in 2005 the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops launched the national Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform (or Justice for Immigrants Campaign) at a meeting that was held in Chicago. Soon afterwards, the Archdiocese of Chicago started a local level of the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform – engaging the local church in the objectives and work of the Campaign and in this ongoing journey with our immigrant brothers and sisters.

Pastoral statements from the Archdiocese of Chicago’s episcopal leadership regarding immigration follow below.

Cardinal Francis George

Statement on Behalf of Immigration Reform, April 2013 [English, Español]

Statement on Behalf of Immigration Reform, January 2010 [English, Español, Polski]

Statement on Behalf of Immigration Reform, November 2007 [English]

Letter in Support of the 40-Days of Prayer, Fasting and Action for Congress Campaign [English, Español, Polski]

Column in the Catholic New World "Reforming Immigration Laws" [English, Español]

Local Statements

Illinois Catholic Bishop’s 2012 National Migration Week Letter [English, Español, Polski]

"May we raise our voices to encourage and uplift those immigrant sisters and brothers among us who, as of yet, have not been allowed to fully add their voices, their gifts, and talents to our society." ~Cardinal Francis George, April 2013