The framework is a significant first step towards addressing our broken immigration system. The principles outlined recognize the importance of immigrants and their families to our nation’s wellbeing and future.
“If enshrined in strong legislation, these principles would reduce the dangerous and often tragic conditions that many migrants currently endure,” stated Bill O’Keefe, Vice President for Advocacy and Government Relations for CRS. “Creating a legal means for future workers will significantly stem the humanitarian crisis that our broken immigration system contributes to.”
As the principles become legislation, CRS urges members of Congress to truly approach the issue from a comprehensive perspective, which includes addressing the factors that compel many to migrate out of economic necessity. Strengthening partnerships for poverty reduction, rural development, youth employment and citizen security, particularly in the Western Hemisphere, can reduce migration pressure and contribute to regional stability and prosperity.
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency provides assistance to people in need in nearly 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. For more information, please visit http://www.crs.org or http://www.crsespanol.org.