WASHINGTON (May 9, 2005)—Comprehensive immigration reform—including a broad legalization program—is the goal of a national campaign among Catholics in the United States to be launched Tuesday, May 10, in Washington, D.C. Church leaders will announce a new effort to educate and galvanize Catholics of the need for "justice for immigrants," and to challenge President Bush and Congress to adopt reform measures built on principles issued by U.S. and Mexican bishops in 2003.
The four principles include: legalization for the undocumented; expanded opportunities for legal entry for work and family reunification; establishment of an appropriate and effective temporary workers program; and re-establishment of due process rights and other legal safeguards.
The official launch of Justice for Immigrants: The Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform. Twenty Catholic organizations with national networks have formed a national campaign designed to unite and mobilize a growing network of Catholic institutions and individuals in support of a broad legalization program and comprehensive immigration reform.
James Cardinal Hickey Center
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
924 G Street NW
List of member organizations for Justice for Immigrants