Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Address
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Immigration and Refugees

Michigan has welcomed immigrants throughout its history. The Catholic Church teaches that individuals have the right to migrate to obtain basic human needs for themselves and their families. Those who migrate must abide by the laws and customs of their new country. Refugees face tremendous challenges when fleeing a life surrounded by religious persecution, terrorism, or warfare. While security screening is necessary, immigrants and refugees should be treated with dignity. Immigration is inherently a federal responsibility, not a role that the state should assume. In order to welcome and assimilate immigrant families into Michigan’s communities, lawmakers should pursue policies that:

  • Uphold the human dignity of all persons and work against injustices that compromise the dignity of immigrants, including access to state identification,
  • Continue to welcome refugees to the state who have been properly admitted by the federal government, and
  • Recognize and promote the values that immigrants provide to Michigan’s culture and economy.

Justice for Immigrants: A Journey of Hope

“Migrants and refugees do not only represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected, and loved.” — Pope Francis (Word Day of Migrants and Refugees, 2014)

News Releases

  1. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)
  2. Regarding Governor Snyder’s Comments on Immigration During State of the State Address (01/16/14)
  3. Sens. Levin and Stabenow Applauded for Immigration Vote (06/28/13)
  4. In Statement, Michigan Bishops Urge Support for Immigrants, Undocumented Persons (08/03/11)
  5. Catholic Conference Praises Legislature for Driver’s License Fix (02/14/08)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. The Human Face of the Refugee Crisis (12/11/15)
    2. A Blueprint for the Common Good (02/06/15)
    3. The Moral Urgency of Immigration Reform (07/18/14)
  2. Justice for Immigrants (USCCB Initiative, 2013)
  3. Parish Resource Kit on Immigration Issues (USCCB, 2013)
  4. Statement on Immigration (Michigan Bishops, 2011)
  5. Declaraciónes Sobre la Inmigración (Los Obispos Católicos de Michigan, 2011)
  6. On Immigration (Focus Essay, 5/2008)

MCC in the News

  1. Refugees Deserve Our Help (Detroit News, 12/18/15)
  2. Immigrant Children Deserve Security and Compassion (Detroit Free Press, 07/18/14)
  3. Create a Way for Illegal Immigrants to be Made Whole (Detroit Free Press, 08/16/11)
  4. Guest Commentary: Everyone Deserves to Be Treated Well (Detroit Free Press, 08/07/11)
  5. Michigan’s Catholic Bishops Urge Immigrant Support (WILX 10, 08/03/11)
  6. Mich. Catholic Bishops Call for Immigration Reform (CBS Detroit, 08/03/11)

Advocacy

Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Email
Address
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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