Immigration seen as helping region; welcome mat urged

Slowly over the last year or so the need for immigration reform has been getting a new look, picking up support in the business community and, more recently, in the U.S. Congress.

Now comes word from recent studies that encouraging immigration to the St. Louis area and the state would bring economic benefits and stop a slide in population and income growth.

Reform of the system has long been a goal of many Catholics, including the U.S. bishops.

Thousands call for immigration reform at U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of people gathered around the country in early April to call for immigration reform legislation, to urge an end to deportation policies that separate families, and generally to open a nationwide push for immigration-focused changes aimed at Congress and the White House.

Those events were to lead up to an April 10 rally on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. There, an expected tens of thousands of people were to call on Congress to move faster on comprehensive immigration reform legislation seen to have the best chance for passage since the 1980s.

Editorial | Immigration and economic growth

When we encounter a stranger, we meet Christ. When we welcome new neighbors, we welcome the Lord. When we love our neighbor, we discover the face of God and we experience the power of God's love for us.

We reach out in hospitality to our brothers and sisters regardless of the language they speak, the color of their skin or their socio-economic background.

Faith and Culture | Crossing borders with Christ -- immigration reform

Already our nation and secular culture have signaled a desire to engage in intentional efforts that can find solutions to our immigration policies and legislation.

The public arguments and discourse found in the news and on the Internet on comprehensive immigration reform are plentiful and passionate. As with many issues, the public narratives on immigration range from sheer indifference to committed political activism. One example that highlights these shifts in perspectives is our recent national election, especially in relationship to the value of the Hispanic vote.

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