Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Bishop: ‘we must continue to fight’ for federal immigration reform

Catholic World News - January 19, 2012

Addressing a Catholic conference on immigration, Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City urged Catholics to advocate for immigration reform at the federal level.

“Different laws, particularly enforcement-only initiatives, played out in 50 states are bound to fail, since they will not fix a broken federal immigration system,” he said. Immigrants, over 70 percent of whom have been here five years or longer, are not leaving; they are just hiding in fear.”

Bishop Wester added:

We must continue to fight because of the real suffering that is occurring in immigrant families and communities. There are four million US citizen children who have one or more undocumented parents. The combination of federal-state enforcement partnerships and federal enforcement actions has led to an unprecedented separation of families. Nearly a quarter of those deported in the last year were part of a family with a US-citizen--most likely a child. They also have led to a record number of deportations over the past three years.

The prelate also upheld the “Utah Compact” as a model for “fight[ing] these state and local immigration laws.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($27,707 to go):
$150,000.00 $122,292.96
18% 82%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle 1 hours ago
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed 2 hours ago
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? 6 hours ago
The Complexity of Reforming Religious Communities December 17
Speaking Softly to Women Religious December 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17