“Every human being has the right to freedom of movement and of residence with the confines of his own state. When there are just reasons in favor or it, he must be permitted to emigrate to other countries and to take up residence there. The fact that he is a citizen of a particular state does not deprive him of membership in the human family, nor the citizenship in that universal society, the common, world-wide fellowship of women and men.” — Pope John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, 1963, #25
In June 2004, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration and The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, INC. (CLINIC) Board of Directors resolved to make comprehensive immigration reform, with special emphasis on legalization, a major public policy priority within the Church. Many other national Catholic institutions have also made legalization a policy priority.
The main goals of the Campaign are:
To educate the public about Church teaching on migration and immigrants;
To create political will for positive immigration reform;
To enact legislative and administrative reforms based on the principles articulated by the bishops; and
To organize Catholic networks to assist qualified immigrants obtain the benefits of the reforms.