Jesuits Stand with
Immigrants: the Jesuit Letter in Support of Immigration Reform
Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam
Mr. President and Members of Congress:
the undersigned, support the call by the Catholic Bishops and the Provincials
of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in the United States for comprehensive
immigration reform. In our schools, at our parishes, and through our social
ministries, we have experienced the failures of our current system with tragic
consequences for individuals, families and communities. This is not the America
we desire. We can and must do better.
community of faith, we stand with our Bishops and the Jesuit Provincials
calling for these essential principles:
• A path
to legalization that ensures that undocumented immigrants have access to
full rights. It is time to allow undocumented workers to leave the shadows and
enjoy the daylight they have earned, through their contributions to our
economy, by normalizing their immigration status.
legal employment structure for future workers that protects both migrants and
United States workers. We need to create legal pathways that respond to
labor-market realities in the United States to ensure that there is a safe and
economically sustainable migration flow to satisfy the needs of the U.S.
economy for both skilled and unskilled workers.
family reunification and emphasis on family unity for all immigrants.
Keeping families intact is essential to human fulfillment and social stability.
The current visa backlogs must be addressed and sufficient visas should be made
available across the socio-economic spectrum to ensure an orderly and timely
reunification of family members.
need for due process and humane enforcement of our immigration laws. Those
migrating in search of work to sustain themselves and their families have a
right to be treated justly and humanely. We seek uniform national
standards for all detention facilities, the timely and fair adjudication of
cases, and enforcement efforts that respect human dignity and aim to keep families
and communities intact. Those in detention should be kept in reasonable
proximity to family members and attorneys.
assistance and fair competition with developing countries. To reduce the
number of persons forced to migrate due to a lack of economic opportunities in
their home countries, we must adopt international development and trade
policies that will foster sustainable economic development in the countries
from which migrant flows are the greatest.
principles provide the framework for a comprehensive immigration reform that is
fair, just and humane. The time has come to reform our immigration laws so that
our nation will once again shine as a beacon of hope, tolerance, and welcome to
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