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U.S. bishops welcome inclusion of undocumented legalization in budget reconciliation bill

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USCCB Migration Committee Chairman Bishop Mario Dorsonville expresses US bishops’ support for the inclusion of a language in the upcoming budget reconciliation bill which, if passed, would provide the legalization with a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

By Lisa Zengarini

The bishops of the United States have expressed full support for the inclusion of new immigration provisions legalizing undocumented immigrants in the upcoming budget reconciliation bill.

The $ 3.5 trillion bill aims to expand the country’s social safety net. However, in a move backed by the bishops, Congressional Democrats are also trying to use it as a way to provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants to the United States. These include immigrants who were brought to the United States as children (the so-called Dreamers), as well as holders of Temporary Protected Status (TPS); Beneficiaries of Delayed Forced Departure (DED); and a number of essential undocumented workers.

A welcome stopover for families

The House Judiciary Committee passed the latest measure on September 13. In a statement released Wednesday, Bishop Mario Dorsonville, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops‘ (USCCB) migration committee, hailed the decision as an “important step” and a “welcome step for many families and families. the common good. He recalled that for decades the bishops of the United States “have been the supporters of such reforms, which promote integration and family unity.” In his statement, the prelate stresses that the country cannot persist in relegating these members of society to the margins, “especially when we simultaneously depend on so many of them for our collective well-being”.

The need for comprehensive reform

While reiterating the need for a “more complete reform” of the American immigration system, “a reform which recognizes and respects the dignity given by God to each person”, the bishops therefore call on both the House of Representatives and the Senate to include the new provisions of the final reconciliation bill.

Respect the rights and dignity of all human life

Bishop Dorsonville‘s statement follows a letter sent last week by five USCCB committee chairs outlining the bishops’ wide range of priorities for the entire bill. In Wednesday’s statement, Bishop Dorsonville reiterates their call on Congress to adopt a text “which helps all those on the margins of our society, strengthens families, protects religious freedom, promotes the care of creation and respects the rights and the dignity of every human life, from conception to natural death.

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