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USCCB official: ‘immigrants are us’

Catholic World News - August 16, 2013

In an op-ed piece that appeared on the website of The Washington Post, the director of policy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Migration and Refugee Services said that if the bishops were neutral on immigration reform, “they’d be untrue to their roots.”

“With each successive wave, the bishops defended the rights of newly arrived immigrants, arguing against nativist organizations that immigrants by and large added to the strength of our country by bringing unique skills, perspectives and traditions to our shores,” said Kevin Appleby. “These new arrivals, the bishops held, enriched our culture and way of life. Clearly they were right.”

“The same debates are playing out today, as immigrants from Latin America, Asia and Africa — the majority of them Catholic — are becoming part of US society,” he added. “And again, the Catholic Church stands in the forefront of defending their rights and dignity.”

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  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Aug. 17, 2013 8:53 AM ET USA

    Great questions, Min. Mary, and of course it wasn't the previous immigrants who were different, its our own people, democrats and rinos, who are using our tax dollars to buy the votes of these illegal aliens, er, undocumented democrats, and in effect, using our own resources to fund our invasion. They even have an Intro to Spanish show on PBS, for those unfortunates who weren't taught proper Spanish in their homeland, before they left to join the army of paid and fed invaders.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Aug. 16, 2013 9:39 PM ET USA

    How come my immigrant ancestors didn't ask for or get any government help? How did they learn to speak English without any special "English as a Second Language" classes in the schools? How is it that they were able to come here and work the land, raise families, build communities and parishes, and even leave some money to their kids when they passed on...all without government help? What was it about the character of these immigrants in the 1800's that made them succeed without Big Brother?

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