During the 2006 Congressional debate on overhauling the nation’s immigration policy, a resolution was never brokered and the divisive rhetoric reached a fevered pitch, even within the Catholic family. While today there remain many issues to be discussed and weighed, both sides of the political aisle can agree that the current system is broken and needs to be fixed. The Jesuits would like to see a measured, rational response that both respects the human rights of the migrant while upholding our country’s duty to secure and protect its borders.
Thought leaders in the Catholic community recently came together to create a new book with the aim of reframing the migration discussion by focusing on the human beings at the heart of it. Edited by Jill Marie Gerschutz, Migration Policy Director of the Jesuit Conference and Donald Kerwin, Vice President for Programs at the Migration Policy Institute, the book, “And You Welcomed Me” provides a crucial underpinning to the complex phenomenon of migration from the perspectives of law, sociology, economics, international relations and theology. The book highlights the values of the common good, human dignity and authentic development.