The Catholic Church in the U.S. is an immigrant Church with a long history of embracing diverse newcomers and providing assistance to immigrants, migrants, refugees and people on the move.
"The so-called 'illegals' are so not because they wish to defy the law; but, because the law does not provide them with any channels to regularize their status in our country–which needs their labor: they are not breaking the law, the law is breaking them."–Most Reverend Thomas Wenski, Bishop of Orlando
The Catholic Church has responded to Christ’s call for us to "welcome the stranger among us," for in this encounter with the immigrant, the migrant, and the refugee in our midst, we encounter Christ.
Click the button below to learn more about the Church’s teaching on immigration.
Central American children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are migrating to the United States alone in record numbers. While not a new phenomenon, the number of children who are making the perilous journey alone has increased exponentially—6,775, on average, arrived between 2003—2011, and upwards of 90,000 are projected to arrive in Fiscal Year 2014.
The Catholic Church has taken seriously the humanitarian and policy oriented aspects of this situation and is advocating on behalf of increased protections for migrant children and their families who are arriving in the United States.
Visit the USCCB's website for resources to better understand the current situation and and learn more about on the USCCB's position the Church's efforts to help resolve it.
|USCCB Unaccompanied Migrant Children Advocacy Toolkit||View|
|USCCB Testimony on Unaccompanied Children 2014||View|
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