Last updated on: 5/31/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

US Conference of Catholic Bishops Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) opposes ‘enforcement only’ immigration policies and supports comprehensive immigration reform. In Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, the U.S. Catholic Bishops outlined the elements of their proposal for comprehensive immigration reform. These include… [a]n earned legalization program would allow foreign nationals of good moral character who are living in the United States to apply to adjust their status to obtain lawful permanent residence. Such a program would create an eventual path to citizenship, requiring applicants to complete and pass background checks, pay a fine, and establish eligibility for resident status to participate in the program. Such a program would help stabilize the workforce, promote family unity, and bring a large population ‘out of the shadows,’ as members of their communities.”

US Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Catholic Church’s Position on Immigration Reform,” usccb.org, Aug. 2013

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“The…MRS offices represent the bishops’ interests in policy formulation and communication, advocacy, education, refugee resettlement, and other specialized services to at risk and vulnerable populations, such as victims of trafficking and unaccompanied minors. The Committee actively promotes the U.S. bishops’ migration-related interests with public policy-makers at the national and international levels. Committee members and MRS staff periodically testify before Congress and meet with Administration officials to advocate the bishops’ positions. Among the high priority policy concerns of the Committee is refugee protection and finding durable solutions to their plight. In this context the Committee occasionally arranges site visits to refugee areas of the world to witness the conditions of the refugees and to call for adequate responses on the part of the international community.”

“Migration and Refugee Services,” www.usccb.org, June 11, 2008

Mission:

“The Bishops’ Committee on Migration and its staff in Migration and Refugee Services carry out the commitment of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, forced migrants, immigrants, and other people on the move. Special concern is given to the most vulnerable among these populations, such as, but not limited to, minors unaccompanied by parents or adult guardians and the victims of human trafficking. This commitment is rooted in the Gospel mandate that every person is to be welcomed by the disciple as if he or she were Christ Himself and in the right of every human being to pursue, without constraint, the call to holiness.The Bishops’ staff in USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services contributes to this commitment by:

Assisting the bishops in the development and advocacy of policy positions at the national and international levels that address the needs and conditions of these populations.

Engaging in educational efforts designed to influence public, particularly Catholic, attitudes toward these populations and to create a welcoming and supportive Church in the United States.

Anticipating, providing, and arranging critical services to these populations in collaboration with government, Catholic partners, and other allied organizations.”

“Migration and Refugee Services,” www.usccb.org, June 11, 2008

Other:
Religious organization