The Catholic Church in the United States has long supported reform to our immigration laws that reflect the reality of migration in the world today and respect the dignity of those migrating. Most immigrants are simply looking for an opportunity to support their families or are fleeing from violence and persecution. The Catholic Church does not encourage illegal immigration. Illegal immigration leaves countless people whose labor is essential to us in the shadows in a second class status. Our current laws provide them with no workable path towards legalizing their status. It leaves them vulnerable to exploitation as they are not able to stand up for themselves when treated unjustly. Many are victims of wage theft: either not paid at all or underpaid what they are promised. Many are exploited through trafficking.
With the naming today of Bishop Edward J. Burns as the 8th Bishop of Dallas, we begin a new chapter in the history of the Diocese of Dallas. Bishop Burns inherits a growing, dynamic and diverse diocese, one with members of the Body of Christ from every corner of the globe and many with deep roots in North Texas over many generations.
The results of the presidential election have raised a lot of uncertainty and anxiety about the future and about how the outcome will affect the ministry and life of the Catholic Church in the United States and in the Diocese of Dallas.