Statement on the Global Compact on Migration Leading into the Sixth and Final Round By the U.S. Catholic Working Group on Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration
New York, June 26, 2018 - We, the members of the U.S. Catholic Working Group on the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration1, write to provide our position on several issues debated during the fifth round of negotiations on the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. We consider the positive resolution of these issues vital to the success and integrity of the Compact and to its contribution in improving the situation of the world’s migrants.
First, we urge you to not make distinction between irregular and regular migrants in each objective of the document. All human beings, whether migrating in a regular or irregular manner, possess fundamental human rights that entitle them to certain benefits, including life-sustaining services such as health-care, shelter, food, and education. Also, individuals often go between the two categories, for example, when they are granted a regular migration status through domestic laws, consistent with each nation’s security, such as those promoting family unity, child protection, or refugee protection.