J. Kevin Appleby is the former director of migration policy for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Workers Justice Project Director Gonzalo Cruz, left, and organizer Juan Carlos Romero watch President Joe Biden's presidential inauguration on TV in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York. The Workers Justice Project is a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that helps immigrants. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Politics & Society Short Take
J. Kevin ApplebyJanuary 21, 2021
President Joe Biden has restarted the debate over immigration with a sweeping reform bill. Passage will not be easy, but the Catholic community can help achieve a long-overdue victory.
President-elect Joe Biden speaks at a rally at Belle Isle Casino in Detroit, Mich., on Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Politics & Society Last Take
J. Kevin ApplebyNovember 16, 2020
As only the second Catholic president, Joe Biden can renew communication and collaboration with church leaders, writes J. Kevin Appleby. But only if mutual respect prevails.
Politics & Society Short Take
J. Kevin ApplebyDecember 12, 2017
The Trump administration has made clear its principles on immigration; Catholics should answer with a list of ways to reform the system with fairness and humanity.
Ernesto Vega listens as Archbishop Jose H. Gomez leads an interfaith prayer service for the immigrant community in November at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. (CNS photo/Patrick T. Fallon, Reuters) 
Politics & Society Short Take
J. Kevin ApplebyJuly 31, 2017
Bishops must lead by example and facilitate the involvement of Catholics in supporting vulnerable immigrant families.
Politics & Society
J. Kevin ApplebyFebruary 16, 2016
The Catholic Church acknowledges and supports the right of nations to control their borders and to enforce their laws.
PORT OF CALL. Pope Francis greets immigrants in Lampedusa, Italy, July 8, 2013.
J. Kevin ApplebyJune 24, 2015
A hallmark of Pope Francis’ papacy has been his ability to focus the attention of the church and the world on human beings who live on the margins of society. In no area has he accomplished this more profoundly and effectively than in defending the rights of persons on the move—immigrant
Politics & Society Books
J. Kevin ApplebyAugust 04, 2008
Missing from most of the national immigration debate has been the humanitarian aspects of the migration phenomenon.
J. Kevin ApplebyJune 09, 2008
One of the least reported stories of the Iraq war is the story of the humanitarian crisis it has spawned. While the media have covered the military debates, the fighting, the lives of soldiers and the politics surrounding the war, they have left largely untold the stories of close to five million di
J. Kevin ApplebyMarch 19, 2007
As the 110th U.S. Congress convened, with great expectations of bipartisan cooperation, one of the top items on its ambitious legislative agenda was immigration. For several years the nation has debated the controversial issue, with all sides in agreement that the immigration system should be reform