|Bishops Urge Action on Immigration Reform
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state bishops have urged the state’s Catholics to participate in National
Migration Week Jan. 5-11 through prayer and action. In September, the state’s
Catholic bishops, including Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops Committee on Migration Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo
released a statement, Immigration Reform: Seeking Truth in Charity,
in English and Spanish urging passage of comprehensive immigration
Elizondo cited immigration reform legislation, currently pending in Congress,
as an example of how the church can assist vulnerable migrants and their
"It is our call as the church to bring the light of Christ to these
populations and help to bring them from the margins of society to its center,"
said Bishop Elizondo. "During National Migration Week, we should not only
pray for those who are marginalized but also advocate that protections
are provided to them, for they need them most."
"Congress must act on reforming our broken immigration system in 2014,"
he said. "The passage of immigration reform would protect millions of immigrants
who otherwise face deportation, detention and family separation. Catholics
across the nation can play an instrumental role in achieving this important
goal," he said.
National Migration Week activities include mailing postcards to Congress
on January 7, a call-in day to Congress on January 8 and a social media
action day on January 9. Information on how Catholics can join Migration
and Refugee Services’ efforts to call on Congress to pass fair and comprehensive
immigration reform can be found at www.justiceforimmigrants.org.
Goals of the bishops’ efforts are to:
National Migration Week was launched over a quarter century ago by the
U.S. bishops to give Catholics an opportunity to see the wide diversity
of peoples in the church and the ministries serving them.
Provide a path to citizenship for undocumented persons in the country.
Preserve family unity as a cornerstone of our national immigration system.
Provide legal paths for low-skilled immigrant workers to come and work
in the United States.
Restore due process protections to immigration enforcement policies.
Address the root causes of migration caused by persecution and economic
Most Reverend Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp., is a native of Monterrey, Mexico.
He received a bachelor's degree in theology and a canon law degree
from the Gregorian University in Rome. In 1984, Elizondo was ordained a
priest of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, a religious congregation
of men consecrated to God for the service of the Church, who provide spiritual
direction for priests and consecrated religious.
He was assigned to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bothell, Wash.,
in 2000 to provide ministry to the growing Hispanic community in western
Washington upon the request of Archbishop Alex Brunett. Elizondo was appointed
Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle by Pope Benedict XVI on May 12, 2005, and was
ordained by Archbishop Brunett on June 6, 2005.
Bishop Elizondo is the first Hispanic bishop in Seattle. He is appointed
Vicar General, Vicar for Hispanic Ministries and Vicar for Vocations of