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Cardinal George calls for ‘more humane and just’ immigration policies

Catholic World News - August 23, 2012

In a column for the Chicago archdiocesan newspaper, Cardinal Francis George has called for “a more human and just system of protecting our borders and of admitting immigrants legally.”

Cardinal George criticized the “schizophrenic” US government policies that allow undocumented immigrants to receive college educations, only to face the threat of deportations. He observed that the number of immigrants deported last year—roughly 400,000—was double the number from 2000. These deportations frequently divide families, he said: “About 80,000 children in this area have been separated from at least one of their parents.”

The cardinal said that there seems little willingness among political leaders to tackle the difficult problem of dealing with immigration, despite the fact that 11 million people “are here without documents and are therefore outside the law are nevertheless woven into the fabric of our family and social life, our parishes and communities, our economy and public life.”

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