Caritas East Anglia challenges the Illegal Migration Bill

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Caritas East Anglia challenges the Illegal Migration Bill

Caritas East Anglia is encouraging members of the Catholic community to write to their MPs about the Illegal Migration Bill.

On March 14 , the Department for International Affairs of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, published Love the Stranger: A Catholic Response to Migrants and Refugees.

This document sets out several key principles, including:

  • The dignity of the human person at the root of our response to migrants and refugees.
  • The right of a state to control its borders, but not based on economic factors alone: we have a responsibility to the wider world.
  • Avoiding the use of immigration detention, arbitrary expulsion and other practices which violate human dignity.
  • The need to fulfil our obligations under international frameworks protecting migrants and refugees, such as the Refugee Convention.

Fr John Warrington, Chair of Caritas East Anglia, said: “Caritas East Anglia encourages the Catholic community to engage with this document as a source of inspiration for our response to the Bill. 

“In particular, Caritas East Anglia supports the call of the Catholic Social Action Network (CSAN)  to write to their MP and urge them to speak out against this cruel and unworkable Bill which is an affront to human dignity and a breach of our responsibilities to the global common good and our obligations under international law.”