JUSTICE FOR IMMIGRANTS: Families Need to Be Able to Stay Together

 “We welcome the Administration’s proposal to include a path to citizenship for Dreamers. However the proposed cuts to family immigration and elimination of protections to unaccompanied children are deeply troubling. Family immigration is part of the bedrock of our country and of our Church. Pope Francis states, ‘The family is the foundation of co-existence and a remedy against social fragmentation”. Upholding and protecting the family unit, regardless of its national origins, is vital to our faith. Additionally, in searching for a solution for Dreamers, we must not turn our backs on the vulnerable. We should not, for example, barter the well-being of unaccompanied children for the well-being of the Dreamers. We know them all to be children of God who need our compassion and mercy.