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Jason Jones is the co-founder and president of ServiamUSA.org, and co-author of The Race to Save Our Century: Five Core Principles to Promote Peace, Freedom, and a Culture of Life.

4 Comments

  1. Great article! Your immigration dialogue is exactly how I think of the situation. Laws such be enacted for the welfare and common good of the American people, as well as the people trying to immigrate.
    Continue to make your voice of reason heard.

  2. “We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.”
    – Pope Francis, 9/16/13

  3. Yeh, generally agree Jason, but couple of points:

    – bishops do have a right & responsibility to talk about immigration – the Catholic catechism does talk about immigration rights & responsibilities, so the bishops should publicaly uphold that. Problem is, they are only upholding the liberal aspects of the catechism teaching on immigration (about welcoming migrants).

    – I know what you mean about Dreamers – but legalising them en masse, especially if such legalisation is ongoing, creates a perverse incentive to smuggle teen children across the US-Mexico border rather than adults, as children will have greater right to stay in US once 18. Smuggling adults or kids is bad, but creating incentive to smuggle kids is worse, as they are far more vulnerable. So any legalisation of Dreamers should be limited in scope and timeframe, and be linked to their contributions an lawful behaviour.

    Good to see a rational, compassionate catholic debate on these matters started 😉
    SB.

  4. Great article, I think the bishops opinions should be heard and respected even if we do not always 100% agree with them on everything. Given that they represent the highest church authority it is always important to listen carefully to what they have to say.

    Overall I think a balance is needed, clearly entering illegally to the US is not good, however I believe the bishops and the church as a whole, have always expressed their opinion that rich countries must do more to help those fleeing from their own countries due to war, poverty or other grave reason.

    Jesus himself along with his Holy Family, had to flee to Egypt and indeed became an immigrant. Therefore, although each country has a legitimate right to enforce immigration laws and procedures, there should also be accommodation to allow immigration in certain circumstances, paying special attention toward keeping families united and taking care of the most vulnerable or those at most risk.

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