Tuyên bố từ các giám mục công giáo của Minnesota về di trú, Tháng sáu 2010

Tháng sáu 2, 2010 (Phiên bản PDF)

Chúng tôi, Giám mục Công giáo Minnesota, again issue an urgent call for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level. Without national reform, we fear that other states will follow the lead of Arizona and enact legislation that is neither compassionate nor just.

Near the end of the 2010 Minnesota legislative session, legislation modeled after Arizona’s new law was introduced in our state’s House of Representatives. Thật không may, such onerous legislation would disrupt our communities, violate the human dignity and rights of undocumented immigrants, and break families apart.

The way we treat immigrants, whether documented or undocumented, is a matter of justice. It reflects our commitment to fairness and decency, our respect for persons and families. It also affects our nation’s economic growth and well-being. According to the latest report to the Minnesota Business Immigration Reform Coalition, “the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors estimates that the country’s net gain from immigration is $37 billion per year.”

In an April 16, 2008 meeting with the U.S. Catholic Bishops, our Holy Father, Giáo hoàng Benedict XVI, encouraged us to welcome immigrants and “… help them flourish in their new home. Điều này, thực sự, is what your fellow countrymen have done for generations. From the beginning, they have opened their doors to the tired, người nghèo, the ‘huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’ These are the people whom America has made her own.”

In the United States Senate, a framework for immigration reform was proposed in late April, to improve the current, outdated system. Reform is needed now and we urge Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to introduce and enact comprehensive legislation. We have a broken system that must be fixed.

As we indicated in our 2007 và 2008 Báo cáo, we support the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ call for comprehensive legislation that would: recognize immigrant family stability and reunification as priorities; insist that worker programs contain protection for U.S. and migrant workers; allow for an earned legalization program, that is realistic and fair, for undocumented persons already in this country; restore due process protections for immigrants; and address the economic, chính trị, and social root causes of migration.

Let us work to build a society that respects, protects and upholds the dignity of all human beings, including newcomers to our state.

Tổng Giám mục John C. Nienstedt
Tổng giáo phận St. Paul và Minneapolis

Đức Tổng giám mục danh dự Harry J. Flynn
Tổng giáo phận St. Paul và Minneapolis

Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche’
Tổng giáo phận St. Paul và Minneapolis

Giám mục Michael J. Hoeppner
Giáo phận Crookston

Giám mục danh dự Victor Balke
Giáo phận Crookston

Đức giám mục Paul D. Sirba
Giáo phận Duluth

Giám mục John M. LeVoir
Giáo phận New Ulm

Giám mục John F. Kinney
Giáo phận St. Đám mây

Giám mục John M. Quinn
Giáo phận Winona

Giám mục danh dự Bernard J. Harrington
Giáo phận Winona