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


The Catholic Church teaches that each person has dignity and the right to basic human necessities. Individuals therefore have the right to migrate in order to secure those needs for themselves, and their families. At the same time, immigrants must also respect and abide by the laws and traditions of the countries in which they reside. Immigration policy is a federal responsibility, yet the United States Congress has failed in recent years to enact much needed reforms. This does not, however, mean that the state should pursue policies more appropriately addressed by the federal government and Congress. Should our state policy-makers pursue immigration legislation, their deliberations must:

  • Uphold the human dignity of all persons and work against any injustice which would compromise the dignity of immigrants, 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)


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