Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
on the Move
N° 104, August 2007
ON MIGRATION (U.S.A.)
17 May 2007
H.E. the Most Rev. Gerald R. BARNES
Bishop of San Bernardino, California
USCCB Committee on
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
has consistently advocated for a just and comprehensive immigration
reform bill. We have significant reservations about the compromise
immigration proposal announced in the U.S. Senate. We believe it is
important, however, that the legislative process move forward, so that
improvements can be made to the legislation.
Specifically, Congress should ensure that any
final legislation contains a legalization program which is workable and
includes family unity and a fair and realistic path to citizenship, a
new worker program which provides participants a meaningful opportunity
to obtain permanent residency, and the preservation of family unity as
an integral part of the U.S. immigration system. We intend to pursue
changes in these important areas.
We urge the congressional leadership to ensure
that the regular legislative process is honored, and that amendments to
improve the legislation are permitted and given due consideration.
Immigration is an important domestic issue facing
this country. Congress can no longer wait to repair our seriously flawed
immigration system. We look forward to working with our elected
officials in Congress to enact a law which both protects the basic human
rights and dignity of persons and serves our national interest.