August 14, 2013
Iowa Bishops' Joint Statement on Immigration Reform
Once again, Congress is considering the reform of our country’s broken immigration system.
Many immigrants have been forced to leave their most basic needs of themselves and their families. The desperation of their circumstances does not correspond to the inordinate length of time (sometimes over 15 years) required to wait in line for the present system to process a visa request.
We believe that those already here, for the sake of family unity and being humane, should receive special consideration that would include eventual citizenship. We support measures that help secure our border but respect human rights and human life. We need a system that is humane for workers and fair to employers.
While Catholics may disagree within the limits of justice on the specific approach to reforming the immigration system, we must agree as a people of fait “welcome the stranger” and defend the God We urge all Iowans to remember their history as immigrants as we work together towards a fair and compassionate resolution of this problem their members of Congress this month, especially in the House of Representatives, in support of immigration reform legislation consistent with the principles of justice. One easy way to do this is visit www.justiceforimmigrants.org and send a message to your member of Congress to encourage him to move the process forward.
Most Rev. Martin Amos
Bishop of Davenport
Most Rev. R. Walker Nickless
Bishop of Sioux City
Most Rev. Richard Pates
Bishop of Des Moines