Alexandria, Virginia (November 21, 2014) – Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), one of the largest networks of social services providers in this country, responded to the executive action on immigration announced last night by President Obama by calling it an important step towards
protecting immigrants and strengthening families. The decision moves our nation closer towards creating a society in which authentic human dignity is recognized, families are strengthened, and all, regardless of creed, race, or background, are welcomed as full members of our community.
“We stand with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in hoping that this action will stabilize the path forward for millions of people seeking to come out of the shadows and become fully participating members of society,” said Rev. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA. “We are hopeful that this step will open the door to legislatively-enacted and comprehensive reform that will provide workers with a path to permanent citizenship, prevent families from being split up, and protect vulnerable children coming from violence-stricken homelands.”
Throughout its more than 100-year-history, Catholic Charities agencies across the country have responded to hardships imposed on individuals and families seeking a better life by our broken immigration system, responding with immediate and long-term assistance and advocacy for holistic reform.
“In the Gospel of St. Matthew, Jesus says that when we welcome a stranger in his name, we welcome his presence into our hearts,” Snyder said. “In the faces of these men, women, and children, we are called to see the face of Christ and provide a just and compassionate welcome in a way that respects their inherent dignity as fellow daughters and sons of God.”
Patricia Cole, VP Communications
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