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Joint Statement of :
Roger Cardinal Mahony
Archbishop of Los Angeles and Chairman,
Domestic Policy Committee
U.S. Catholic Conference
Bishop Nicholas A. DiMarzio
Bishop of Camden and Chairman, Committee on Migration
National Conference of Catholic Bishops
U.S. Immigration Policy
As leaders of the
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and President of the AFL-CIO, we are
committed to work together to fundamentally reform U.S. immigration policy
in order to assure protection of fundamental rights of and greater respect
for immigrant workers in our nation.
Immigrant workers, regardless of their status, are vital participants
in our economy. Yet their dignity and rights are often abused and their
important contributions to our society ignored. Our nation must treat immigrants
fairly and with dignity and honor their important contributions to our
society. Specifically, we will work together to advocate new policies which
Like all laborers in our country, the rights of immigrant workers must
be upheld and protected. We invite all Americans, especially business,
religious, labor and immigrant advocates to join us in working to protect
the rights of immigrant workers in the United States. We will work together
and with others in both the short-and long-term to ensure that immigrant
workers and their families are not subject to exploitation and are recognized
for their contributions to our nation.
the legalization of immigrant workers and their families, especially those
who come to the United States fleeing oppression and destitution and make
significant contributions to our country;
greater respect for both the civil and workplace rights of immigrant workers,
regardless of their legal status;
U.S. foreign and economic policies which better address the conflict, poverty,
and denial of human rights which pressure persons to come to this country;
a repeal of employer sanctions, which, as a nationwide policy applied to
all workplaces, has failed and should be eliminated.
We invite ethnic, business, religious, labor and immigrant advocates from
across the nation to join us in insisting that the rights of immigrant
workers in the United States must be protected. Specifically, in this effort
we call upon the business community to work with us to identify common
goals which will advance the rights of workers while also meeting legitimate
business needs for both essential and high-skilled labor.
Undocumented workers or workers here in a temporary legal status and their
families maintain basic human rights and make significant contributions
to their communities and workplaces. Many immigrants have built equities
in our country and therefore should be provided permanent legal status
so they can add their special talents to American society with confidence
An orderly, (fair/generous) and responsive system of legal immigration
should be developed which helps reduce the flow of undocumented workers
into the country.
The civil and workplace rights of immigrant workers, regardless of their
status, must be protected and upheld.
Labor and business should work together to design cooperative mechanisms
that allow law-abiding employers under certain conditions to satisfy legitimate
needs for new workers in a timely manner without compromising the rights
and opportunities of workers already here. Religious and other immigrant
rights organizations can play an important role in facilitating this cooperation.
Due process rights of and basic safety net protections for immigrants and
their families should be restored in U.S. law.
Employer sanctions, as a nationwide policy applied to all workplaces, has
failed and should be eliminated.
Immigrant workers make important and significant contributions to American
society and are an essential part of the U.S. economy. Like all laborers
in our country, their rights should be upheld and protected and their skills
developed and cultivated as a way of welcoming them into the U.S. labor
community. We are committed to this goal and will work together in both
the short and long-term to ensure that our policymakers protect the rights
of immigrant workers and their families in our new century.
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