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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) supports both the right of people to remain in their country in safety and with conditions worthy of human dignity as well as the protection and promotion of the rights of those who have little alternative but to migrate or flee their homes.

CRS supports efforts to address the root causes of migration and to respond to the needs of uprooted people. Therefore, CRS has joined with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and other national Catholic organizations to promote the Justice for Immigrants Campaign that seeks to enact comprehensive immigration reform.

Comprehensive immigration reform includes the following elements:

  1. A path to citizenship for the undocumented persons currently in the United States.
  2. Reform of the employment-based immigration system so that migrant workers can enter the United States and work in a safe, regulated and humane manner.
  3. Reform of the family-based immigration system so that waiting times for families to reunite in the United States are significantly reduced.
  4. Restoration of due process protections for immigrants, including judicial discretion in removal proceedings, reform of our detention policies and elimination of the 3 and 10-year bars to re-entry.
  5. Initiatives that address the root causes of migration, such as promoting economic development in poor nations.

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