Consider the problem of immigration reform in the United States. There are two opposing hard-line positions:
- Borders must be tightly controlled; and, immigrants get no rights given to citizens.
- Borders must be open; and, immigrants get all rights of citizenship.
Our current situation is rather convenient for some: this ensures cheap labor which can be threatened into submission; and also a ready-made oppressed class who can be exploited for radical political action.
So what could an immigration policy based on Catholic social teaching look like? Perhaps:
- Borders and immigration are tightly controlled.
- Immigrants are treated generously, and can obtain full citizenship fairly quickly and easily.