Catholic Charities encourages letters on immigration reform - Catholic Courier

Catholic Charities encourages letters on immigration reform

The office of Social Justice Awareness in diocesan Catholic Charities is encouraging Catholics to

write to their elected officials in support of just immigration reform.

The suggested text for such letters — as well as the addresses for President Obama and Homeland

Security Secretary Napolitano — are as follows:

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President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

Janet Napolitano

Department of Homeland Security

245 Murray Lane, SW

Washington, D.C. 20528

We call on the new administration and the 111th Congress to enact humane and equitable immigration

reform in 2009. We witness the human consequences of a broken and outdated system every day in our

churches, service programs, health-care facilities and schools. We see the exploitation of

undocumented workers and the plight of separated families, as well as the escalation of community

fear due to indiscriminate raids and local police acting as federal immigration agents. Humane

immigration reform would help put an end to this suffering, which offends the dignity of all human


In conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops we encourage the 111th Congress

to enact comprehensive immigration reform, which includes the following:


  • A broad-based legalization (permanent residency) of the undocumented of all nationalities
  • Reform our immigration system to allow family members to reunite with loved ones in the United


  • Reform of the immigration system to provide legal pathways for migrants to come and work in a

    safe, humane, and orderly manner

  • Abandonment of the border “blockade” enforcement strategy
  • Restoration of due process protections for immigrants.


As people of faith, we call attention to the moral dimensions of public policy and recommend reforms

that uphold the God-given dignity and rights of every person. We are dedicated to immigration reform

because we value family unity, justice, equity, compassion and humane treatment of all persons. It is

our collective prayer that the new Administration and the 111th Congress enact just immigration

reform based on these tenets.

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