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Strangers No Longer Together on the Journey of Hope
usccb.org ^ | 1/22/2003 | US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Posted on 08/03/2014 5:58:46 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen

A Pastoral Letter Concerning Migration from the Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States

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30. While recognizing the right of the sovereign state to control its borders, Exsul Familia also establishes that this right is not absolute, stating that the needs of immigrants must be measured against the needs of the receiving countries:

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III. Sovereign nations have the right to control their borders.

36. The Church recognizes the right of sovereign nations to control their territories but rejects such control when it is exerted merely for the purpose of acquiring additional wealth. More powerful economic nations, which have the ability to protect and feed their residents, have a stronger obligation to accommodate migration flows.

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69. A broad legalization program of the undocumented would benefit not only the migrants but also both nations. Making legal the large number of undocumented workers from many nations who are in the United States would help to stabilize the labor market in the United States, to preserve family unity, and to improve the standard of living in immigrant communities. Moreover, migrant workers, many of whom have established roots in their communities, will continue to contribute to the U.S. economy.

70. Legalization also would maintain the flow of remittances to Mexico and would give Mexicans safe and legal passage back to Mexico, if necessary. In addition, such legalization would promote national security by reducing fear in immigrant communities and by encouraging undocumented persons to become participating members of society. Legalization represents sound public policy and should be featured in any migration agreement between the United States and Mexico. In order to ensure fairness for all nationalities, the U.S. Congress should enact a legalization program for immigrants regardless of their country of origin.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: immigration
Excerpts from a letter issued by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in January 22, 2003.

Our current immigration "problem" has been in the planning stages for well over a decade.

This was simply the summer when the flow was set to start with the US government actually allowing and promoting it along with various US government "partner" organizations; the Roman Catholic Church is apparently one of them.

1 posted on 08/03/2014 5:58:47 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen
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To: PieterCasparzen

Hey Church Guys...Caesar 2 Caesar....God 2 God!


2 posted on 08/03/2014 6:23:02 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: PieterCasparzen

pack’em up and send them to the vatican.


3 posted on 08/03/2014 7:43:50 PM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: PieterCasparzen
I understand the idea of helping the refugee, but these are not refugees in the sense that they would be killed if they went home. They just don't like their stinking countries, and want the US to take them to raise.

Sadly, the Bishops have rose-colored glasses on with this issue.

4 posted on 08/03/2014 8:14:57 PM PDT by SuziQ
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