Border Crossings

Where security & human rights collide


The terrorist attacks of September 11 present a fundamental challenge for faith-based immigrant advocates and service providers. As Catholics we identify migrants as our brothers and sisters, see in them the face of God, and recognize a duty to welcome them. In the United States, the church defends immigrants, in part, through a remarkable network of 240 charitable legal-service offices. The church does not support open borders or a...

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About the Author

The Most Reverend James A. Tamayo, bishop of Laredo, Texas, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC).