Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
on the Move
N° 104, August 2007
Statement of the Executive Directors
of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) and the Leadersbp
Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) on the failure of Congress to pass
Comprehensive Immigration Reform (U.S.A.)
5 July 2007
In the name of the
Leadership Conference of Women Religious and
of Major. Superiors
of Men, we express deep
regret that the Congress has failed to approve
comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The status quo is morally
unacceptable, as millions of immigrants are relegated again to the
shadows in our nation. We acknowledge the need to protect our borders,
but insist that comprehensive immigration reform must also include a
path to citizenship, family reunification, and protection of workers'
rights, as called for by the United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops. While the bill in the Senate was flawed, we regret that the
process of coming to just and moral immigration reform was interrupted.
We urge the Congress of the United
States to take
at the earliest
possible date. Waiting until after the 2008
elections is not an option.
Sister Carole Slunnick, SSND
Leadershil , Conference of Women Religious
Rev. Paul Lininger, OFM Conv.
Conference of Major Superiors of Men