The plight of people migrating because of oppression arouses our compassion particularly when those migrants and refugees include so many children and young families. As pastors, we are deeply moved by the rapidly increasing number of children unaccompanied by parents or guardians as well as parents with young children who have fled their homes in Central America to seek refuge within the borders of the United States.

In the light of the Gospel and Catholic tradition, we recognize the face of Christ in each migrating person and we must respond to these poor and vulnerable people just as we would to Jesus, who from the first days of His life, became migrant fleeing violence in His homeland. We acknowledge the inherent God-given dignity of every human being, particularly children and other vulnerable people.

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