Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) commends Sens. James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) for their efforts to put forth broad, bipartisan reforms of our country’s immigration system — something we have called on Congress and presidential administrations of both parties to undertake for decades. While the proposed legislation contains both provisions we support and some we oppose, we also recognize that successful, meaningful reform requires compromise. And yet, before our team even had completed a thorough review of this bill, political dysfunction already had eliminated any real chance for this effort to receive serious consideration from the full Congress.
Sadly, this is the latest in a long line of examples of crippling polarization getting in the way of desperately needed progress in Washington. Compromise should be celebrated, not demonized.
As we have done for decades, including in a letter to congressional leaders today, CCUSA will continue to emphasize the urgent need for serious, bipartisan reforms that prioritize the security of the border and the human dignity of those on both sides of it. Without those reforms, our immigration system will remain broken, and the Catholic Charities network will remain committed to providing critical humanitarian aid to those in need who arrive at our doorsteps.