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Prelates call for immigration reform

September 13, 2013

Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis and Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta called for immigration reform in a recent video and newspaper article.

“Our nation’s immigration system is adversely affecting the rights and dignity of human beings living in our country, a reality the Catholic community witnesses each day in our parishes, social service programs and hospitals,” Archbishop Gregory wrote in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Families are being separated. Workers are being exploited. People are dying in the desert. The creation of a pathway to legal status and, eventually, citizenship is a matter of justice and human dignity, as it would help protect immigrants from this suffering.”

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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Sep. 13, 2013 6:15 PM ET USA

    How about if the bishops help the illegal immigrants find a pathway back to Mexico? The Church could push for reforms in Mexico that would enable people there to find good paying jobs so they could live with their families.

  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 13, 2013 12:44 PM ET USA

    “Our nation’s immigration system is adversely affecting the rights and dignity of human beings living in our country...." Jobs are scarce to non-existent, people have been unemployed so long that they've fallen off the "official" unemployment rolls, and politicians want to do away with SNAP at a time when it's needed more than ever. Illegal aliens will only add to the suffering and the loss of dignity.