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Statement of the Peace & Justice Commission in Response to the Current National Discourse on Immigration

Statement of the Peace & Justice Commission in Response to the Current National Discourse on Immigration


ST. LOUIS – As members of the Peace & Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we are deeply saddened by the national conversation concerning immigrants and refugees, particularly those coming from south of our nation’s border. They are too often being portrayed as violent criminals who are only interested in coming to the United States to cause harm. However, the vast majority are families fleeing war, violence and poverty in their native lands coming to the United States for a better future.

While our country does have a right to protect its borders, our bishops have taught us that our commitment to the common good and safety cannot rest solely on building a wall. In fact they have noted that, “Construction of such a wall will only make migrants, especially vulnerable women and children, more susceptible to traffickers and smugglers. Additionally, the construction of such a wall destabilizes the many vibrant and beautifully connected communities that live peacefully along the border….We will look to build bridges between people, bridges that allow us to break down the walls of exclusion and exploitation.” (USCCB Committee on Migration January 25, 2017). We believe the national discourse and conversation on immigration should not be driven or limited by the rhetoric about the building of a wall: rather, it should be a conversation on finding ways to help our sisters and brothers in a fair and just manner, while respecting the dignity of the person.

We pray and work with immigrants every day regardless of their legal status. Our immigrant sisters and brothers are members of God’s family who we sit next to at Mass, who are our next door neighbors, who are our work colleagues and who only want to give all children hope for a better tomorrow. May we continue to pray and walk with one another in respect and hope and to build up the unity within God’s family together.