Immigration. Immigration Is A Topic That Has Been In The

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Immigration Immigration is a topic that has been in the news often due to the most recent Presidential election. However, the idea of immigration is one that has existed since the Old Testament with stories of refugees fleeing from oppression. Immigration is an ideal that has remained a topic of discussion for years due to the positives and negatives of it. While immigration may have some negatives, it is my view that immigration is a necessity for the United States because of its roots in Catholic social teaching, effects on economy, and the need for basic rights of individuals to obtain a better life. When dealing with immigration one must not just view it as an economic factor but must understand that immigration is an issue within…show more content…
The Catholic bishops further their explanation of the freedom to move lands when they reference that ownership or duration have no privilege in regard to who’s land is who’s. The Bishops state that, the native does not have superior rights over the immigrant. Before God all are equal; the earth was given by God to all. When a person cannot achieve a meaningful life in his or her own land, that person has the right to move (Catholic Bishops). The next principle touched upon is the right of a country to regulate its boarders and control immigration. This principle is grounded in the belief that people have the right to move but no country is bound by anything to accept those that want to resettle there. This principle also brings to light the reasons for immigrants fleeing which is normally for somber reasons as they are fleeing from an unsafe place. This illustrates that many immigrants are coming from a bad situation which is not looked highly upon in Catholic social teaching as it goes against the common good to have “bad areas”. The Catholic Bishops comment on the idea of immigration as a whole explaining that, “catholic social teaching is realistic: While people have the right to move, no country has the duty to receive so many immigrants that its social and economic life are jeopardized”. The final principle brings together principles one and two, which tend to contradict one another. Principle three states that a country must regulate it’s borders with
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