U.S. Catholic bishops to prez, Congress: Fair, just, comprehensive immigration reform needed

In Civil Liberties, Election 2006, Election 2008, Immigration, International politics, Laws & Regulation, Race, religion & politics, Terrorism, US Politics on September 14, 2006 at 10:30 am

The cynic in me says this is stright-forward politics/PR/recruitment tactics surrounding the shifting demographics American (and global) Catholicsm is undergoing, but irregardless, this is good stuff:

U.S. President George Bush and members of Congress must move beyond partisan political concerns and come together to produce fair, just and comprehensive reform to the flawed immigration system, said the U.S. bishop in charge of migration issues for the nation’s Catholic conference.

“Immigration is a moral issue because it impacts the human dignity and human rights of the person,” said Bishop Gerald R. Barnes of San Bernardino, Calif., chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, in a Sept. 12 statement. “It is an issue which should supersede political concerns.”


Bishop Barnes stressed that “just legislation” should include:

– “A viable path to citizenship” for undocumented already in the United States.

– “A temporary worker program” that protects the rights of both U.S. and foreign-born laborers.

– Reforms to reduce the backlogs and shorten the amount of time for cross-border family reunification.

– Restoration of due process protection for immigrants.

– Enforcement that does not “undermine the fairness of our laws” and ensures “that the human dignity of the person is protected.” The U.S. bishops, he added, “will oppose enforcement initiatives which do not meet this test.”

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