On April 6, 2017, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio published a letter addressing the ongoing concerns of immigrants and refugees, their personal safety and fear of being separated from their families. These concerns stem from recent changes in federal policy.
The Bishops see that at both the state and national levels, the Church has been in favor of policies that ensure safety and compassionate treatment for immigrants, refugees and their families. The Bishops support the continued call upon Congress to address the broken immigration system through a comprehensive reform that improves security and creates more legal and transparent paths to immigration.
Ohio is blessed to have many refugees and immigrants in area parishes, schools and ministries. The Catholic Church operates numerous programs that directly sponsor and support these newcomers. In Ohio, the Church’s refugee resettlement network includes diocesan offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Dayton. Catholic parishes and diocesan offices also work in collaboration with other refugee resettlement programs within the state.
To read the letter in its entirety, including steps being supported for a comprehensive reform of immigration laws, click here.