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.