“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” These words, engraved inside the Statue of Liberty, speak to the unique character of our country as a nation of immigrants. Catholics derive their special concern for the immigrant from the many biblical accounts of immigration, from Abraham to Jacob, to the Israelites’ passage into and out of Egypt, to the flight of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph themselves out of their homeland. The Catholic Church supports reform of our immigration system that is merciful, charitable, and compassionate to those here simply working for a better life, while also recognizing the legitimate responsibility of the federal government to maintain control of our nation’s borders.

According to the Catechism, “The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him. Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.”

November 2011: A Reflection on Illegal Immigration from Catholic & Protestant Bishops in Kansas


Kansas Bishops Release Statement on Refugees and Immigration

Joint Statement of the Kansas Bishops on Refugees and Immigration   In recent years our Nation has experienced painful acts of violence and terrorism.  Following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center it has become clear that there are those outside as well as inside our borders who wish to harm us.  Indeed, the […] Read More >>

Trump Refugee Policy Draws Response from US Bishops

January 30, 2017 | | Posted in The Issues

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Bishops Issue Statement on Syrian Refugees

November 20, 2015 | , , , , , , | Posted in The Issues

Click here to read the Bishops’ statement on the Syrian refugee crisis.  Please note that the document is two pages long. Read More >>

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Major Immigration Bill Introduced in the US Senate

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Obama Administration Ends Deportations of Illegal Immigrants Brought to US as Children

June 16, 2012 | , , | Posted in The Issues

President Obama announced Friday that his administration will cease deportations of certain illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. Read More >>