Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Benedict XVI: States Have Right to Defend Borders & Immigrants the Duty to Integrate Into Their Host Countries

New York Times:

Pope Says States Have Right to Defend Borders
Published: October 26, 2010

VATICAN CITY — States must treat migrants with dignity but have the right to regulate immigration and defend their borders, Pope Benedict XVI said on Tuesday.

The pope made his comments in his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees, touching on a subject that has caused tensions between the church and governments in European countries, including France and Italy.

He said everyone had the right to leave home to seek better conditions of life in another country.

”At the same time, states have the right to regulate migration flows and to defend their own frontiers, always guaranteeing the respect due to the dignity of each and every human person,” he said.

He said immigrants had the duty to integrate into their host countries and respect their laws and national identities.

The challenge, he added, was to ”combine the welcome due to every human being, especially when in need, with a reckoning of what is necessary for both the local inhabitants and the new arrivals to live a dignified and peaceful life”.

The French government came under fire from the local Catholic Church and the European Union earlier this year over its expulsion of Roma migrants after police cleared several illegal camps and forcibly repatriated the migrants.


Carl said...

Does this right extend to Israel keeping murderous terrorists out? You wouldn't think so from that recent conference blaming Israel for Muslim persecution of Christians.

midnight rider said...

Carl -- those statements were made by a Synod of Greek Melkite Catholic Bishops (especially one in particular) meeting at the Vatican.

They were not a statement of Papal or Vatican position.

See our post on that issue (if you haven't already).

Damien said...

Midnight Rider,

Good, I'm glad he said that.