Taught by Paul B Hunker III, Chief Counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Dallas, Texas.
Catholic Social Doctrine and Immigration
It is increasingly common for Catholics and non-Catholics alike to believe that it is always morally wrong to deport undocumented immigrants. This belief is not quite right. The Catechism summarizes the Church’s teaching on immigration by saying, “The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent that they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and means of livelihoods which he cannot find in his country of origin.” In this lecture, Paul Hunker explores the significance of this doctrine, focusing on how it is situated within the context of the Church’s broader social doctrine. The Church imposes substantial obligations on prosperous countries to assist the needy in other parts of the world, but she also recognizes that our prior duty to secure national stability limits the scope of these obligations.