"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.
|The First Family of Immigrants|
With the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops decrying new immigrant deportation raids, many people are still not quite clear why the Catholic Church is so focused on migrants and refugees.
Public authorities certainly have the responsibility for regulating immigration but, as the Catechism notes, this responsibility is always subordinate to the duty to welcome those who seek security and an opportunity to support their families. So, here are seven reasons why Catholics care so much about the immigration question:
1. Members of the Holy Family were themselves migrants, as were most of our ancestors.
2. Pope Francis says that he is "the pastor of a Church without frontiers, a Church which considers herself mother to all" (EG, n. 210).
3. Stephen Colbert thinks its better to take a stand than to try taking a farm worker's job. (It's timeless and timely Congressional testimony from 2010, in response to the United Farm Workers' "Take Our Jobs" campaign.)