National Migration Week January 6-12
Migration Week is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and survivors of human trafficking.
This year’s theme for National Migration Week 2019, “Building Communities of Welcome,” draws attention to the fact that each of every family has a migration story, some recent and others in the distant past. Regardless of where they are and where they came from, all people are part of the human family and are called to live in solidarity with one another.
Position of Catholic Church on Immigration Reform
The Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Church support humane immigration reform. We must reform our broken system that separates families and denies due process.
- During the last decade, more than 7.4 million immigrants have been welcomed into the United States as naturalized citizens.
- Estimates are that undocumented migrants pay $11.74 billion every year in state and local taxes, and the 1.3 million young undocumented immigrants eligible for DACA alone contribute an estimated $1.7 billion per year.
- Our current immigration system is broken and creates long periods of forced family separation. For example, it can take over a decade for legal permanent residents to reunify with immediate family members.