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How does our Catholic identity call us to respond to immigrants?

Our Catholic identity calls us to respond to migrants with respect, compassion, and dignity. Pope Benedict proclaims we must “help [immigrants] flourish in their new home.” Scripture reiterates the need for open arms, as the Old Testament called repeatedly for us to love migrants.  In the New Testament, Christ’s identification with newcomers and people on the margin emphasizes our duty to embrace everyone, regardless of national orientation. Ultimately, as expressed in Pope Benedict XVI’s latest encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, “every migrant is a human person who, as such, possesses fundamental, inalienable rights that must be respected by everyone and in every circumstance.” (Section 62)