Comprehensive Immigration Reform a moral imperative

Frank Sharry, the founder and Executive Director of America's Voice, says Comprehensive Immigration Reform is taking immigration "out of the shadows and placing it under a regulatory regime that works, so that rights are respected and law and order is restored."

"If you want to stop illegal immigration, be for Comprehensive Immigration Reform," he says.

Mr. Sharry spoke during a one-day conference, Crisis at our Borders: The Human Reality Behind the Immigration Debate. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Jesuit Conference of the United States, Georgetown University’s Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service, the Institute for the Study of International Migration, and the Woodstock Theological Center hosted the conference in October, 2009 on the Georgetown campus in Washington, D.C. A series of panel discussions at the conference aimed to put a human face on the migrant experience by sharing personal narratives of individuals crossing the border; explored political/legal, economic, ethical and law enforcement perspectives on the current immigration system; made the case for policy changes, discussed 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.