What is the Catholic response to immigration?
Most Reverend Gustavo García-Siller, Archbishop of San Antonio, delivered remarks on immigration at an event co-hosted by America Media and the Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio, Tex., on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
“We live in a very difficult time in our country. Some elected officials are using migrants and refugees as scapegoats for the nation’s social problems. In doing so they dehumanize our sisters and brothers subjecting them to harsh and even cruel, draconian public policies,” he said.
Outlining a solution forward he remarked, “the church’s answer to a border wall is sustainable economic development in developing countries. Since this is a long-term solution which will require global cooperation and commitment it is not considered politically realistic by many in Washington, nevertheless it is possible.”
“Every person is created in the image and likeness of God, and the Lord calls on us to stand by our brothers and sisters and to act on their behalf—to welcome the stranger and to do unto others as we would want them to do to us. Let us apply the Gospel message faithfully and boldly to the human problem of immigration.”