With even Catholic University presidents calling for immigration reform, we hope that the tide is gradually turning. A letter signed by more than 90 presidents of U.S. Catholic educational institutions that has been sent to a number of members in Congress, including Nancy Pelosi of California, is calling for immigration reform.
The director of Catholic University's Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies noted the importance of such a letter being sent. He also stated the actions of Catholic professors all focused on concerns of the 11 million families in our country that daily face deportation and the breakup of their families.
No one is under the illusion that any sort of reform passed will be perfect in nature. However, the various Catholic educators feel we simply cannot wait any longer to have reform passed. They stressed that families should not be continually punished because of one of its members doing what he or she felt was necessary to help the family out. The president of the University of San Diego was quoted as saying: "It's our moral obligation to act."
We can only voice our support for legislation that will help immigrant families remain together and obtain citizenship in the United States. As the immigration policies currently stand, however, we have a number of laws and regulations on the books that are complex and may sometimes even seem contradictory. Clerical mistakes or misunderstandings can sometimes lead to family-sponsored visas not being accepted. For this reason, experienced immigration attorneys will do what they can to make certain all of the paperwork is correct and all the reporting requirements are met.
Source: National Catholic Reporter, "University presidents: Immigration reform a 'moral obligation'," Joshua J. McElwee, July 18, 2013