Immigration Reform

We are each called to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity. As Catholics we believe the church is universal. She extends beyond race, culture, and national borders. Many of us share a common history in the story of immigration. We are constantly reminded of our ancestral heritage as descendants of immigrants. Some of our ancestors were welcomed to a new land with open arms, while others "need not apply." Yet, no matter how discouraged our ancestors became, they found in their mother, the Catholic Church, a place of safety, love, and dignity. We in the modern world are being called to stand with our neighbors, to journey with them, and to follow the teachings of Christ by welcoming the stranger (Mat 25:35). Have we forgotten the words which greeted our ancestors?

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I life my lamp beside the golden door.