RESOLUTION: IMMIGRATION and CATHOLIC CHURCH SOCIAL TEACHINGS

Purpose: To provide information and resources to the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) membership in support of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) pastoral statements/guidelines on Immigration and promote awareness of the three basic principles of Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration, reinforcing our moral obligation to treat the stranger as we would treat Christ Himself.  To encourage our membership to take action to alleviate the suffering of immigrants, refugees, and individuals searching for shelter in a land of religious freedom and safety, we shall contemplate the word of God, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”  Matthew 25:40.
Whereas, People have the desire to migrate to sustain their lives and the lives of their families, and each person should be shown dignity, provided with education, and religious freedom;
Whereas, A country must regulate its borders and control immigration, we as Catholic women recognize immigrants, refugees, unaccompanied children, and other vulnerable populations; and
Whereas, We as Catholic women value the importance of humane enforcement of U.S. immigration laws and the treatment of all immigrants and refugees with justice and mercy;
Resolved, That the NCCW make available through its website, a link to USCCB Catholic Social Teachings that could be used at the affiliate level to promote understanding of cultural diversity;
Resolved, That NCCW encourage affiliates to invite foreign born individuals within their community to share their stories of relocating to the United States and the cultures they left behind; and
Resolved, That the NCCW website will post a link to the Divine Mercy Chaplet to be prayed at the Hour of Mercy (3:00 p.m.) daily or whenever possible for all God’s suffering immigrants and refugees searching for shelter in a land of freedom, safety, and for a just solution by countries throughout the world.  
Submitted by: Service Commission
Chair: Chris Heiderscheidt
Authors: Olga Dickieson and Mary Bisett, Service Commission Focus Group Members