Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Bishops Address Immigration Reform, Migrant Labor

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Bishops Address Immigration Reform, Migrant Labor

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Bishops in Florida and Indiana issued pastoral letters on migrant workers and immigration reform in mid-January.

Indiana's bishops said that the Gospel admonition to "to welcome others as Christ himself" includes support for comprehensive immigration reform measures, such as legislation that provides "earned legalization for undocumented persons," a temporary worker program and reduced waiting times for the reunification of immigrant families.

They asked state legislators to allow "driver's permits for undocumented immigrants who must drive to work in order to feed and clothe their families; driver's permits needed for securing automobile license and insurance; a broader process for immigrants to obtain legal documents for ownership of property beyond the Bureau of Motor Vehicles."

They urged lawmakers to provide "access to health care and education for immigrant children, and equal access to protective and emergency services for immigrants."

The letter, published Jan. 12 in English and Spanish, is titled "I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me: Meeting Christ in New Neighbors. …

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