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Ignatian Family Advocacy Month

The current Immigration Policy is broken and change needs to happen.

Current problems:

1.Thousands of families are separated by the current immigration system. Limiting the number of visas force family members to choose between being separated for extended periods of time or illegally entering the country.

 2.Migrant workers are consistently exploited and forced to work in unsafe conditions without fair compensation; this continues to drive down wages and promote divisions in communities and workplaces

 3.Many undocumented students were brought to the U.S. at a young age by no choice of their own and work hard to graduate from college but cannot find a job to support our country upon graduation.

 

Senators, Republican and Democrat, are pushing for change to fix the flawed immigration system. The new plan involves a fair but tough process for unauthorized immigrants currently living in the United States to gain citizenship. So many people are wondering, what will be the positives of this new plan?

1. This plan will improve the economy: Providing a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants and reforming the visa system would increase the Gross Domestic Product by $1.5 trillion over 10 years, including increases in tax revenue, investment, wage growth, and job creation.

2. This plan will protect the vulnerable: Undocumented immigrant women in the United States are extremely vulnerable and more likely to be exploited in their workplace and in their homes. They are vulnerable to sexual abuse, harassment, or other gender-motivated exploitation in the workplace.

3. This plan will reduce future unauthorized immigration and foster safer borders: The only way to reduce undocumented immigration is to fix our immigration system so that people seeking work and family reunification can enter legally. For undocumented immigrants who are already here, we must provide a pragmatic, organized way for them to rectify their status with the law by passing background checks, learning English, and getting on the tax rolls while working toward citizenship. This is not amnesty; it is the only smart, practical way to deal with the approximately 10.8 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

Catholic Church stance on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform:

“Duty to welcome the foreigner out of charity and respect for the dignity and rights of the human person”

The Catholic Bishops do not condone unlawful entry or circumventions of our nation’s immigration laws. The bishops believe that reforms are necessary in order for our nation’s immigration system to respond to the realities of separated families and labor demands that compel people to immigrate to the United States, whether in an authorized or unauthorized fashion.

In order to fix this problem a program needs to be implemented that creates a path towards citizenship, requiring applicants to complete and pass background checks, pay a fine, and establish eligibility for resident status to participate in the program.

In addition, create worker programs to permit a foreign born worker to enter the country safely and legally that includes workplace protections, and living wage levels.

It is imperative for our immigration system to keep families together.

 We must address the root causes of unauthorized immigration while also reforming our current system.