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Ecumenical organization calls for immigration reform

Catholic World News - February 07, 2013

Christian Churches Together in the USA, an ecumenical organization in which United States Conference of Catholic Bishops participates, issued a call for comprehensive immigration reform during a meeting hosted by Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin.

“While immigration is often viewed as an economic, social, or legal issue, it is ultimately a humanitarian and spiritual issue that directly impacts millions of unauthorized immigrants and the entire fabric of our society,” the organization said in a statement. “The Bible frequently commands us to treat the immigrant justly. Further, every person is created in the image of God and possesses inestimable value.”

“It is therefore paramount that our national immigration system protects the basic human rights and dignity of all persons,” the statement continued. “Sadly, our current system fails to meet this test and requires comprehensive reform now.”

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