Bishops' Statements

Statements and Letters about Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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USCCB Chairman Decries Opening of Family Detention Center in Dilley, Texas, Proposes More Humane Alternatives to Detention for Vulnerable Families
December 16, 2014
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Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia: Treat immigrants with mercy and justice we expect for ourselves
December 12, 2014

Homily for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 2014 by Bishop Joseph J. Tyson, Diocese of Yakima
December 1, 2014
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Statement of Most Reverend Eusebio Elizondo, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle, Chairman, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration before the Senate Judiciary Committee
December 10, 2014

Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburg on immigration reform
November 28, 2014

Statement of Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago in Response to President Obama's Announcement of Relief for Immigrant Families
November 26, 2014

Response by Bishop John Wester to President Obama's executive action
November 21, 2014

California Catholic Conference: President’s Action on Immigration Will Help Families But Must Not Hamper Comprehensive Immigration Reform
November 21, 2014
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Bishop John Wester's column in the Intermountain Catholic (Diocese of Salt Lake City): We need immigration reform, not political payback
November 21, 2014

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles: Statement on the announcement of presidential executive orders on immigration (English/En Español)
November 20, 2014

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles writing the Tidings: Time for immigration reform
November 12, 2014

Homily by Bishop Anthony Taylor of the Diocese of Little Rock: Greatest commandment of Old, New Testaments
October 26, 2014

Bishop Liam Cary, Diocese of Baker, OR: Driver cards to help protect families
October 15, 2014

Statement of the Holy See to the U.N. in Geneva at the 2014 International Dialogue on Migration of the International Organization for Migration "Migration and Families"
October 13, 2014

Pope Francis' message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2015
September 23, 2014
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Statement of the Catholic bishops of Georgia regarding unaccompanied minor children and refugee families
September 18, 2014
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Bishop Mark J. Seitz of Diocese of El Paso writing in the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) newspage: A Visit to Artesia
September 18, 2014

Joint USCCB-CLINIC Letter on Executive Action
September 9, 2014
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Op-ed by Archbishop Roger L. Schweitz, Archdiocese of Anchorage: Bible, U.S. history dictate compassion for refugees
August 25, 2014
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Op-ed by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, Archdiocese of San Antonio: Values tested by border crisis
August 15, 2014

New Jersey Catholic Conference Statement on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: Child Refugees on Our Southern Borders - What Would Jesus Do?
August 15, 2014

Op-ed by Bishop Richard Pates, Diocese of Des Moines: US should help immigrants stay back home
August 14, 2014

Official Statement of Archbishop Gustavo García‐Siller, M.Sp.S. of San Antonio on the closing of the temporary housing for unaccompanied minors at Lackland Air Force Base
August 12, 2014

Op-ed by Bishop John C. Wester, Diocese of Salt Lake City: Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act does not match up with Utah ideals
August 10, 2014

Op-ed by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston, SC: Nation of immigrants needs immigration system that works
August 6, 2014

Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops Statement on Unaccompanied Refugee Minors
August 4, 2014

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, blogpost in The Gospel in the Digital Age: Visiting With Immigrant Children
August 3, 2014

Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of the Archdiocese of Seattle writing in the Washington Post: How we treat vulnerable children on the border shows the world America’s values
August 1, 2014

Archbishop William Lori writing in the Catholic Review (Archdiocese of Baltimore): Practicing what we preach
July 31, 2014

USCCB Communications Sends Over 1,200 Donated Bibles to Unaccompanied Minors Detained in Arizona
July 29, 2014
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Bishop Robert Lynch, Diocese of St. Petersburg: SHAME, SHAME
July 29, 2014

Bishop Daniel Flores of the Diocese of Brownsville: Southern Baptists and Catholics Together; And responses to some questions about Unaccompanied Minors from Central America
July 29, 2014

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, Archdiocese of Cincinnati: Statement on unaccompanied migrant children
July 28, 2014
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Bishop Kevin Farrell, Diocese of Dallas: U.S. Shares Responsibility for Border Crisis
July 28, 2014
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Bishop Gerald Kicanas, Diocese of Tucson: Call to be our brother's keeper
July 26, 2014

Op-ed by Bishop Donald Kettler of the Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud, MN: U.S. is no longer welcoming to new ideas, immigrants
July 26, 2014

Bishop Anthony Taylor of Little Rock: Crisis at border testing U.S. moral character
July 25, 2014

Commentary by Archbishop William Lori of the Baltimore: A moral obligation
July 25, 2014

USCCB Committee Chairman Calls on President Obama, Central American Presidents To Protect Children and Families
July 24, 2014
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Texas Catholic Conference: Statement by Texas Catholic Bishops on Unaccompanied Minor Influx
July 24, 2014

Bishop Pates to Secretary Kerry: United States Must Change Trade and Economic Policies, Stop Drugs and Arms Flow to End Border Crisis
July 24, 2014
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Statement from Catholic Bishops of Maryland: Bishops Call for Compassion in Addressing Needs of Vulnerable Immigrant Children (English/En Español)
July 23, 2014

Op-ed in the St. Paul Pioneer Press by Auxiliary Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis: Immigration reform: a human rights test that provides opportunity for American renewal
July 23, 2014

Texas Catholic Conference Statement of Principles Regarding Refugee Families and Children
July 22, 2014

Statement from Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Houston regarding the recent humanitarian crisis
July 22, 2014

Texas Catholic Conference Letter to the Texas Congressional delegation urging them to reach a policy consensus that compassionately and effectively addresses the humanitarian crisis along the southern border
July 22, 2014
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Video: Dallas and Ft. Worth Catholic Bishops call for humanitarian response to migrant crisis
July 21, 2014

Homily (video) by Archbishop Jose Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at the Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants
July 20, 2014

Op-ed by Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Roman Catholic Diocese of New Ulm, MN: Plight of immigrants demands response
July 20, 2014

Op-ed by Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Crookston: America must meet this human rights test
July 19, 2014

Statement from Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh Regarding Humanitarian Crisis of Central American Children
July 19, 2014

Statement by Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archdiocese of Boston, on the Border Crisis
July 18, 2014

Bishop John Wester, Diocese of Salt Lake City, writing in the Intermountain Catholic:
Yes, laws must be observed, but the real issue is, what can we do to help the children?

July 18, 2014

Op-ed in the Duluth News Tribune by Bishop Paul Sirba of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth: Immigration in America: A lost sense of responsibility?
July 18, 2014

Op-ed in the Post Bulletin (Rochester, MN) by Bishop John M. Quinn of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona: Inaction is not the answer for U.S. immigration reform
July 18, 2014

Bishop Robert J. Cunningham: An Open Letter to the People in Our Community of the Diocese of Syracuse.
July 17, 2014
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Bishop Kevin Farrell, Diocese of Dallas: Pope calls for new attitude on migration.
July 16, 2014
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Bishop Mark J. Seitz, Diocese of El Paso: Jesus Loves the Little Children
July 15, 2014

Vatican Radio: Pope calls for protection of unaccompanied child migrants
July 15, 2014
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Pope Francis' Message to Mexico-Holy See Colloquium on Human Migration and Development
July 15, 2014

Joint Declaration of the Bishops of the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras on the Child Migrant Crisis
July 14, 2014
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Blogpost by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archdiocese of New York: The Dignity of the Human Person
July 14, 2014

Text of the speech by Archbishop Óscar Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Hondura and President of Caritas Internationalis, in Washington, DC at the 2014 National Migration Conference
July 11, 2014

Statement of Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, Diocese of San Jose, on the Displaced Migrant Children and Families
July 10, 2014

Statement of California Bishops on the Transport of Displaced Migrant Children and Families to California
July 9, 2014
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Bishop Daniel Flores blogpost from the Diocese of Brownsville, TX: The Unborn and the Immigrant, Catholics and Politics: Let us Work for a Better Way.
July 5, 2014

USCCB Chairman Urges Obama Administration To Reconsider Proposed Policy To Return Unaccompanied Children to Their Home Countries Without Proper Due Process
July 2, 2014

CSPAN Video - U.S. House Judiciary Committee Hearing
"An Administration Made Disaster: The South Texas Border Surge of Unaccompanied Alien Minors"
June 25,2014
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Op-Ed by Bishop Edward Burns in the Juneau Empire: Immigration reform urgently needed.
June 22, 2014

Letter to the Editor by Bishop Emeritus Michael Pfeifer of the Diocese of San Angelo, Texas: Pass immigration reform.
June 9, 2014

Heading into U.S. bishop’s General Assembly, USCCB President urges Congress To Reform Nation’s Immigration System
June 5, 2014
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USCCB: Reacting to Surge in Unaccompanied Children Crossing Border, USCCB Chair Calls on Administration, Congress to Offer Protection, Address Root Cause
June 4, 2014
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NPR-affiliate KAWC Radio (Yuma, AZ): Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas Talks Immigration Reform
June 4, 2014

Iowa Catholic Conference: Iowa bishops’ statement on humanitarian situation at the border
June 2014

Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski's homily at Washington, D.C. Mass for immigrants
May 29, 2014

Op-ed in The Hill by Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami: Immigration reform now.
May 29, 2014

Rio Grande Guardian (Texas): Bishop Flores warns Kerry of an ‘unfolding disaster’ on South Texas-Mexico border
May 20, 2014

Remarks by Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston at the 10th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington
May 14, 2014
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Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of the Archdiocese of Seattle writing in The Hill (Washington, DC): "Why I went to the border."
April 16, 2014

Miami Herald Op-ed by Archbishop Thomas Wenski: Putting the immigration debate in human terms
April 15, 2014

Homily of Cardinal Seán O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston at the Mission for Migrants Mass on the Border in Nogales, AZ
April 1, 2014

Statement on the Occasion of U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Mass on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati

March 27, 2014

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles: What can we do now on immigration reform?
February 21, 2014

Cardinal Roger M. Mahony blogpost from Los Angeles: Immigration Needs to be on the Front Burner
February 14, 2014
The inability of Congress to fix the broken immigration system is not only a major public scandal for our country, but a moral and ethical failure.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo blogpost from the Archdiocese of Houston: The Shepard's Message - Immigration Reform
February 11, 2014

USCCB Chair ‘strongly encouraged’ by House Republican immigration reform principles, pledges to work with all to pass humane immigration reform legislation
January 31, 2014
Congress must seize this moment to fix broken system
Principles diverge from USCCB position, but seen as starting point
Bipartisan cooperation needed to produce agreement

Michigan Catholic Conference regarding Governor Rick Snyder’s comments on immigration during his State of the State Address
January 16, 2014

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia: National Migration Week and the goal of immigration reform, 2014
January 6, 2014

Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle writing in the USCCB media blog: Immigration Reform Would Lift Immigrant Families Out of Poverty, Benefit Nation
January 1, 2014