Bishops Issue Alert on Immigration Reform
The Bishops are participating in the National Call-In to Congress for Immigration Reform. Read the September message, below, on this matter or visit the Action Center to call and write to your representative.
Bishops Message on Immigration
Congress is expected to take up Immigration Reform legislation before the end of the year. Below is the message the Bishops sent to the more than 5,000 participants in Catholic Voice North Carolina.
September 16, 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We write to you today regarding the status of comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the U.S. Congress.
In June the United States Senate passed legislation to reform our immigration policy. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has stated that while this legislation is not perfect, it is legislation which the Church can support. Among its major provisions is a pathway to citizenship, which we believe must be included in any immigration reform bill.
Answering the Gospel call to “welcome the stranger” the bishops have also called for: making family reunification a priority; protecting the integrity of our borders; securing due process for immigrants and their families; improving refugee protection and asylum laws; and addressing the root causes of unauthorized immigration.
We know that this issue is complicated and emotional. There is room for disagreement and discussion as we work for a law that moves our nation forward.
Over the next few months as the United States House of Representatives debates this legislation, we will keep you informed and will ask you to contact our elected officials to let them know that Catholics in North Carolina join with people all over our country to support a reform of our immigration system that protects our borders.
Thank you for your continued support of Catholic Voice North Carolina.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis
Bishop of Charlotte
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Raleigh
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Since our first alert in 2009 on the Choose Life License plate the bishops have been in contact with Catholic Voice NC participants dozens of time. Read original alerts from the bishops on:The right to life, Racial justice, Immigration and other topics.