STATEMENT SUPPORTING THE PASSAGE OF THE DREAM ACT

Easter Sunday
April 12 2009

Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States

We, the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), reaffirming our 2006 public stance on Just, Comprehensive, and Humane Immigration Reform, stand in solidarity with our alternately documented immigrant youth who, because of their lack of legal status, live in the shadows with limited access to the educational options necessary for a secure future.
As an association of scholars, whose members are primarily teachers, researchers, administrators and graduate students in colleges, universities and seminaries across the United States and Puerto Rico, we are particularly committed to supporting Hispanics engaged in their academic studies.  With the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops we urge passage of S. 729 and H.R. 1751, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act).
In keeping with our mission to accompany nuestras comunidades in the United States, and faithful to the social teachings of our Church, we are compelled to advocate for just means that provide educational opportunities for our children to participate in our shared destinies as a nation and as a Church.

STATEMENT ON JUST, COMPREHENSIVE, AND HUMANE IMMIGRATION REFORM

June 7 2006
San Antonio, TX     
Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States

We, the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACTHUS), stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, the undocumented immigrants in this nation. In faithfulness to the Gospel of Christ and the social teachings of the Catholic Church, we affirm the dignity of all human beings, regardless of national origin, and we call for just, comprehensive, and humane immigration reform.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has clearly stated that our current immigration system is broken and perpetuates the unnecessary suffering of migrants. We further recognize that this situation is driven by structural, economic disparities. These, in turn, breed various forms of racial, gender, and environmental violence.

We oppose the criminalization of undocumented immigrants and of those who serve them, the construction of border walls, the militarization of the border, and the conditions that result in the deaths of so many immigrants. Through our scholarship and our ministries, we commit ourselves to dispel falsehoods about immigration, to protect civil rights, to promote justice, and to make known the gifts, talents, and contributions of immigrants to our society. Failing to stand for just and comprehensive immigration reform impoverishes us all. May our common journey with our immigrant brothers and sisters bring us all to share equally at the table of God’s justice. Min Height: auto Min Height: auto Width: 80% Width: 80%