International solutions needed for migration issues

The complex issue of migration requires more than a unilateral solution, it requires international cooperation to develop sustainable and durable solutions. Bishop Gerald Kicanas of the Diocese of Tucson, and also Vice President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke at the Crisis at our Borders: The Human Reality Behind the Immigration Debate conference in October. Bishop Kicanas spoke during the first panel, which covered the theme of Human Rights/Human Dignity – Understanding the Need for Immigration Reform from a Border Perspective. The one-day conference at Georgetown University sought to educate and inspire students to greater knowledge, commitment, and action for immigration reform. A series of panel discussions put a human face on the migrant experience by sharing personal narratives of individuals crossing the border; exploring political/legal, economic, ethical and law enforcement perspectives on the current immigration system; making the case for policy changes, discussing ways in which the current system is failing immigrants and our communities. It also explored the prospects for immigration reform, discussed the key players in the process and talked about what such reform may look like.