But our approach to all these issues must be consistent with our ideals. America has always been different - some would say exceptional. Welcoming immigrants and sheltering refugees has always been something special and essential about who we are - as a nation and as a people.
It is true that these new orders on immigration mostly call for just returning to the practice of enforcing existing laws.
The problem is that our laws have not been enforced for so long that we now have millions of undocumented people living, working, worshipping and going to school in our country.
That includes millions of children who are citizens living in homes with undocumented parents. These children have the right - as citizens and as sons and daughters of God - to grow up with some assurance that their parents will not be deported.
These new orders do not change the fact that our nation needs true and lasting reform of our immigration system. Do we really want to hand over the fate of millions of fathers, mothers and children to overworked caseworkers in an underfunded immigration court system?
A policy of enforcement only - without reform of the underlying system - will only lead to a human rights nightmare.
As a Church, our priorities remain with our people. We will continue to follow the call of Christ through our parishes, charities and relief organizations.
And I repeat, as I have said before: the most constructive and compassionate thing our government can do right now is to stop the deportations and the threat of deportations for those who are not violent criminals.
Our Christian mission is clear - we are called to hear the cry of the poor and we are called to open our doors to the stranger who knocks and to seek the face of Christ who comes to us in the immigrant and the refugee.
Please pray for me this week and I will be praying for you.
And may our Blessed Mother Mary help all of us - and especially our leaders - to meet the challenges that we face as one nation of immigrants under God.