In 2003, the bishops of the United States and Mexico issued a joint pastoral  letter, Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, that presented a Catholic framework  for responding to the ongoing migration phenomenon in their respective countries. In doing so, the bishops offered  pastoral  guidance to Catholics who encounter and engage migrants  living and working in their communities. The letter  also suggested systematic reforms to U.S. immigration policy and presented an alternative to the existing immigration policy paradigm. For a brief overview of the major points presented in the pastoral letter, this summary pamphlet will prove of assistance.