The first principle for immigration in Catholic understanding is that people have a right to migrate. However, the responsibility to find a place to migrate to is theirs, and no individual or country has an obligation (moral or otherwise) to provide this. To compare the obligation to welcome wanderers in the nomadic society of Jesus’ time to welcoming the influx by thousands in our time is ludicrous.

The second and third principles regard controlling the borders with justice and mercy. Too often sight is lost of the fact that the justice and mercy should be shown to our citizens as well as immigrants. As Christians we have a moral obligation to make sacrifices for others. However, it is not the role of government to force it. Justice and mercy are both lost in those instances.

Benjamin Lazorti

Albany