The Catholic Church will celebrate National Migration Week January 6-12, 2013. This year’s celebration marks the 10th anniversary of a joint pastoral letter by U.S. and Mexican bishops: “Strangers No Longer, Together on a Journey of Hope.” The January 2003 letter said migration policies had created a new underclass in the United States and called for changes in law and policy in the U.S. and Mexico.
Catholic Church leaders and all who promote the call for comprehensive immigration reform hold that recent public opinion polls and the 2012 election indicate citizens of the United States are in support of a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. (Example: A December poll by Politico and George Washington University found 62 percent of Americans now support such a path.)
In his letter to the faithful, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge said National Migration Week “provides us with the opportunity to learn more about the universal teaching of our Church on immigration and how it can be applied and lived.”