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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.


November 2016: Remarks by
Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy, Bishop of San Diego Delivered at 2016 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
University of San Diego [HERE]

March 2016 - U.S. Bishops Join Faith-Based Organizations in Supreme Court Amicus Brief Defending Stays of Deportations Press Release |  Amicus Brief

January 12, 2016 Bishops Elizondo and Vann Call for an End to Deportation Raids and Detention of Immigrant Mothers with Children
Read   |   Read more   |   Read the letter from Bishops Elizondo and Vann

October 2015 - Most Reverend Mark J. Seitz Bishop of El Paso, Texas Before The Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs On Ongoing Migration from Central America: An Examination of FY 2015 Apprehensions [Statement] [VIDEO]

May 11, 2015 -USCCB Committee on Migration Issues Report on Immigrant Detention, Calls For a ‘Transformation’ of the System [Statement]

Unlocking Human Dignity [Report][Summary]

Liberando la Dignidad Humana [Español]

March 27, 2015 - Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran Bishops Visit Texas Detention Facility, Call for an End to Detention of Families [Statement] [Letter to President Obama]

Statement of Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas Bishop of Tucson, Arizona Before The House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security On Interior Immigration Enforcement Legislation [Download]

"Ten Years of Pastoral Visits to Migrant Workers" by Bishop John Manz ans Sister Myrna Tordillo, MSCS. [Download] [Embed]

September 9, 2014: USCCB letter to the secretary of DHS Jeh Johnson asking for executive actions on deportations [English]

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