USCCB Statements on Immigration
In 2003, in response to the call in Pope John Paul II's Ecclesia in America for collaboration among bishops' conferences, the U.S. Catholic Bishops and the Episcopal Conference of Mexico jointly issued a foundational pastoral letter on immigration entitled "Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope."
Since releasing this letter – and launching the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform: Justice for Immigrants in 2005 (as a follow-up to the letter) – the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a number of statements, calling for the passage of compassionate comprehensive immigration reform and the human treatment of immigrants and immigrant detainees.
Some recent and key statements from the U.S. Catholic Bishops follow below.
July 7, 2014: Keynote Address by His Eminence Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga Archbishop of Tegucigalpa at the National Migration Conference [English]
June 25, 2014: Testimony of Most Reverend Mark Seitz Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops On Unaccompanied Children House Judiciary Committee [English] [ Hearing]
May 29, 2014: Bishops Coming to Washington on a Mission for Migrants [Bishop Elizondo] [Archbishop Wenski] [Video]
April 1, 2014: Bishops on the Border on a Mission for Migrants [Bishop Elizondo] [Bishop Wester] [Video]
March 26, 2014: Letter to Department of Homeland Security regarding Deportations [English]
"Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity" Pastoral Letter from the USCCB on Migration, November 2000 [English]
Janaury 31, 2014: Press Release regarding Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S.'s thoughts on the G.O.P. Immigration Proposal. Bishop Elizondo is a auxiliary bishop of Seattle and the chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Migration [English]
January 14, 2014: Catholic News Agency article on Archbishop José Gomez's (Los Angeles) call for us to "Look at the huamn face of immigration" [English]
November 7, 2013: Letter from Cardinal Dolan to Speaker of the House, John Boehner, urging passage of Comprehenive Immigration Reform [English]
June 27 USCCB Statement on Passage in the Senate [English, Español]
June 10 What's at Stake in the Debate, by Archbishop Gomez [English, Español]
The 5 Core Elements for Comprehensive Immigration Reform [English]
Hispanic Bishops of United States Letter to Immigrants [English]
2012 USCCB Immigration Conference "Catholic Public Policy and State Compacts" - Most Reverend John C. Wester [English]
"We judge ourselves as a community of faith by the way we treat the most vulnerable among us. The treatment of migrants challenges the consciences of elected officials, policymakers, enforcement officers, residents of border communities, and providers of legal aid and social services, many of whom share our Catholic faith." ~Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope