Catholic Leaders Agree: Immigrant Families Need a Vote NOW

Dear Speaker Boehner,
 
We write to you as fellow Catholics with heavy hearts and a profound sense of urgency. As the House of Representatives still delays passing comprehensive immigration reform, mothers are torn apart from children, migrants are dying in the desert and our nation is weakened.
 
Mr. Speaker, how can we fail to act?
Legislative obstruction in the face of preventable suffering and death is not only a failure of leadership. It is immoral and shameful. The eyes of our God — who hungers for justice and commands us to welcome the stranger and bind the wounds of those left by the side of the road — are on us.
 
Are we deaf to the cries of families and aspiring Americans separated by a broken system?
We stand with U.S. Catholic bishops who will celebrate Mass on Capitol Hill today, and who come once again to advocate for humane and 
practical immigration reform.
 
Will you pray with us that the House of Representatives puts aside partisanship and passes comprehensive reform?
Pope Francis reminds us that a “globalization of indifference” prevents us from seeing that every migrant, regardless of status, has inherent human dignity. As Catholics who share your commitment to the sanctity of life in the womb, we must not be complicit in the suffering of migrants dying in the shadows. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who has called justice for immigrants a “pro-life” issue, spoke during a Mass on the U.S.-Mexico border last month of the “unmarked graves of thousands who die alone and nameless.”
 
Is our nation so callous that we fail to weep for those nameless lost? We pray that you and your colleagues in the House have the moral 
courage to show real leadership and act.
 
Sincerely,
 
REV. LARRY SNYDER, CEO 
Catholic Charities USA
 
REV. THOMAS H. SMOLICH, S.J., President 
Jesuit Conference
 
PATRICIA MCGUIRE, President 
Trinity Washington University
 
REV. DANIEL GROODY, CSC, Director of Immigration 
Initiatives, Institute for Latino Studies 
University of Notre Dame
 
REV. STEPHEN A. PRIVETT, S.J., President 
University of San Francisco
 
DONNA M. CARROLL, President 
Dominican University
 
REV. CLETE KILEY, Director for Immigration Policy 
UNITE HERE
 
REV. CHARLES CURRIE, S.J., Executive Director 
Jesuit Commons
 
REV. DREW CHRISTIANSEN, S.J., Distinguished 
Professor of Ethics & Global Development 
Georgetown University
 
REV. MICHAEL U. PUCKE, St. Julie Billiart Parish 
Hamilton County, Ohio
 
REV. ANTHONY KUTCHER, President 
National Federation of Priests’ Councils 
 
SR. SIMONE CAMPBELL, SSS, Executive Director 
NETWORK, A Catholic Social Justice Lobby
 
STEPHEN F. SCHNECK, Director, Institute for Policy 
Research & Catholic Studies 
The Catholic University of America
 
SR. SALLY DUFFY, SC, Executive Director 
SC Ministry Foundation, Cincinnati, Ohio
 
MOYA K. DITTMEIER, Executive Director 
Conference for Mercy Higher Education
 
REV. LEONIR CHIARELLO, C.S., Executive Director 
Scalabrini International Migration Network
 
DONALD KERWIN, Executive Director 
Center for Migration Studies of New York
 
FRANCIS X. DOYLE, Associate General Secretary 
(retired), U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
 
REV. FRED KAMMER, S.J., Director
Jesuit Social Research Institute 
Loyola University New Orleans
 
REV. JOHN BAUMANN, S.J., Founder 
PICO National Network
 
CHRISTOPHER G. KERR, Executive Director 
Ignatian Solidarity Network 
 
PATRICK CAROLAN, Executive Director 
Franciscan Action Network
 
SR. PAT MCDERMOTT, RSM, President 
Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
 
SR. CAROL ZINN, SSJ, President 
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
 
SR. PATRICIA CHAPPELL, Executive Director 
Pax Christi USA
 
FRANCIS J. BUTLER, President 
Drexel Philanthropic Advisors
 
JOHN GEHRING, Catholic Program Director 
Faith in Public Life
 
GERRY LEE, Director 
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
 
CHRISTOPHER J. HALE, Senior Fellow 
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
 
REV. KEVIN WILDES, S.J., President 
Loyola University New Orleans
 
For a copy of the letter, please visit Faith in Public Life or click HERE