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

Immigration and Refugees

You shall love...your neighbor as yourself

The Catholic Church for decades has called for federal immigration reform and state policies that treat immigrants and refugees with respect. People of faith are called to welcome the stranger among them, and “to be present to those in need of help, regardless of whether or not they belong to our social group.” Being present includes a willingness to advocate for measures that recognize the worth of immigrants, migrants, and refugees; supporting policies that keep families together; and reviewing legislation that addresses the root causes of migration. In 2021–2022, MCC will support:

  • Upholding the human dignity of all persons and working against injustices that compromise the dignity of immigrants.
  • Policies that prevent the separation of families.
  • Policies that promote access to state identification.
  • Continuing to welcome refugees and asylees to the state who have been admitted by the federal government.
  • Recognizing and promoting the values that immigrants and refugees 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. Catholic Conference Welcomes House Resolution in Support of Welcoming Afghan Refugees to Michigan (10/05/21)
  2. MCC Advocates for Driver License Access for Undocumented Persons (09/20/16)
  3. Catholic Church in Michigan Stands Ready to Assist Refugees (11/16/15)
  4. ‘A Blueprint for the Common Good’ (02/09/15)
  5. Regarding Governor Snyder’s Comments on Immigration During State of the State Address (01/16/14)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. 2019–2020: A Blueprint for the Common Good (01/25/19)
    2. The Issues, The Candidates, and Your Vote 2018 (09/28/18)
    3. A Blueprint for the Common Good (02/24/17)
    4. Just Governance: A Lesson in Loving Our Neighbors (04/22/16)
    5. The Human Face of the Refugee Crisis (12/11/15)
  2. Refugees and Catholic Social Teaching (Focus Essay, 3/2016)
  3. Justice for Immigrants (USCCB Initiative, 2013)
  4. Parish Resource Kit on Immigration Issues (USCCB, 2013)
  5. Statement on Immigration (Michigan Bishops, 2011)
  6. Declaraciónes Sobre la Inmigración (Los Obispos Católicos de Michigan, 2011)
  7. On Immigration (Focus Essay, 5/2008)

MCC in the News

  1. Drive SAFE Plan guarantees driver’s licenses for immigrants (WLNS, 05/11/21)
  2. Faith Leaders Embrace New Mission: 2020 Census (Detroit News, 05/28/20)
  3. Michigan Launches Census Committee Amid Concerns of Minority Undercount (Detroit Free Press, 06/14/19)
  4. Refugees Deserve Our Help (Detroit News, 12/18/15)
  5. Immigrant Children Deserve Security and Compassion (Detroit Free Press, 07/18/14)
  6. Create a Way for Illegal Immigrants to be Made Whole (Detroit Free Press, 08/16/11)
  7. Guest Commentary: Everyone Deserves to Be Treated Well (Detroit Free Press, 08/07/11)
  8. Michigan’s Catholic Bishops Urge Immigrant Support (WILX 10, 08/03/11)
  9. Mich. Catholic Bishops Call for Immigration Reform (CBS Detroit, 08/03/11)


Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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