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USCCB official speaks of need ‘to keep the pressure up’ on immigration reform

Catholic World News - September 11, 2013

Kevin Appleby, the director of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Migration and Refugee Policy, told the Los Angeles Times that September is an important to press members of the House of Representatives to pass immigration-reform legislation.

“We learned some lessons from 2006, 2007,” he said, referring to previous attempts to pass legislation. "You really have to mobilize constituents and voters in order to succeed.”

“We've urged the bishops to focus on this time frame,” he added as described September as “a critical time. We need to get the Senate bill through to the House. It needs a push. We're doing everything right now to keep the pressure up.”

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  • Posted by: Baseballbuddy - Sep. 12, 2013 12:43 AM ET USA

    A congregation I visited over the weekend was scolded with suave rhetoric on the situations in Syria and immigration reform. All of the hard working, exhausted smelly sheep had to listen to the presiding minister wax on about political issues. It was appalling. The hubris required for the USCCB to impose political suasion on us and yet leave the truth of Jesus Christ in a dumpster out back behind the cathedral is more than I can stand. My poor Lord! You are sold for pieces of legislation!

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Sep. 11, 2013 9:50 PM ET USA

    "You really have to mobilize constituents and voters in order to succeed." Well, if that's the case, then how come the bishops won't allow Catholic Voter Guides on the five non-negotiables to be given out in parishes? Why no desire to form a voting bloc on issues that all Catholics must be in agreement with the Church on?

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