Immigration (Solidarity)

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Immigration (Solidarity)

We are one human family, regardless of our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. This is what we describe as solidarity, and Saint John Paul II summarized that it is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people both near and far. On the contrary it is a firm and preserving determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say, to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.
~ Sollicitudo rei Socialis, no. 38

As Catholics, we are called to care for all of our neighbors, but especially those who are strangers. Saint John Paul II issued a message for World Migration Day in 1996, saying “The Church acts in continuity with Christ’s mission. In particular, she asks herself how to meet the needs, while respecting the law, of those persons who are not allowed to remain in a national territory. She also asks what the right to emigrate is worth without the corresponding right to immigrate.” Thus, we must challenge our government to see the human dignity in those seeking refuge from their homelands and to protect illegal aliens.

Educational Bulletins:

What Catholics Should Know About Immigration 


HB 1621 Relative to Sanctuary Cities - January 13, 2016

HB 47 Relative to Eligibility for In-State Tuition Rates at the University System of New Hampshire – February 7, 2013 

HB 249 Requiring Employers to Verify an Employee’s Eligibility to Work in the United States – January 22, 2013

HB 1254 Establishing a Committee to Study the Effect of Illegal Immigration on the State and its Political Subdivision - April 17, 2012 

HCR 22 Opposition to Amnesty to Illegal Immigrants - January 19, 2010

HB 644 State Laws Pertaining to Unlawfully Present Aliens - February 18, 2011

Bishop McCormack's Message Regarding Comprehensive Immigration Reform - April 16, 2010 

Bishop McCormack's Message to the Catholics of New Hampshire on Immigration - January 20, 2008 

Background Information:

The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Catholic Church Teaching on Vulnerable Migrant Populations

Immigration Reform Resources 

Additional Resources:

World Day of Migrants and Refugees:

Holy Father's Message

Responding to Refugees and Migrants: Twenty Action Points

General Intercessions for Peace in the Middle East 

Prayer for Peace in Syria

Resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for Understanding Church Teaching on Migrants, Refugees, and Travelers

Justice for Immigrants initiative of the USCCB

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) – the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States

Immigration (Solidarity)