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USCCB immigration campaign announces ‘national call-in day’ to Congress

Catholic World News - November 07, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants campaign has declared November 13 a “national call-in day to Congress.”

The announcement states:

The Feast Day of Saint Frances Cabrini is Wednesday, Nov. 13th. On the day to honor St. Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants, Catholics and supporters of immigrants are asked to call their U.S. Representatives at 1-855-589-5698 and leave this simple message: “Support a path to citizenship and oppose the SAFE Act.”

The SAFE Act (Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act), approved by the House Judiciary Committee in June, “would make it a federal crime for illegal immigrants to be in the United States” and “gives state and local law enforcement authorities more power to arrest and charge immigrants,” The Washington Post reported.

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  • Posted by: ZIP5DO@aol.com - Nov. 08, 2013 2:59 PM ET USA

    This is the BS call in. Many will call in to support the SAFE Act. It is time we got our borders straight. There was a recent harangue by a Mexican mayor complaining that it our fault that Mexicans are returning to Mexico. What an outrageous statement. If they were helping their own citizens they would not want to leave.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Nov. 07, 2013 11:31 PM ET USA

    National "call-in day" to bishops: Is there any human being on earth who doesn't have the right to reside in the United States?

  • Posted by: stpetric - Nov. 07, 2013 10:28 PM ET USA

    People who have broken our nation's law to come here or stay here should return to their homes, and not be rewarded with "a path to [American] citizenship". If our laws are unjust or unwise, let that case be made and we can consider changing them, but foreigners have no inherent right to American residence.

  • Posted by: Defender - Nov. 07, 2013 10:33 AM ET USA

    One would have thought it was already a federal crime to be in this country illegally - it isn't? I'll bet Saint Frances Cabrini entered the country legally, too, so why not follow her example?

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 07, 2013 10:02 AM ET USA

    There is already a path to citizenship. Just go to any U.S. embassy or consulate and apply for an immigrant visa. Within 15-20 years they can be issued the visa, and five years after that can apply for citizenship. The path was shorter for my wife because marrying a U.S. citizen carried some weight in the 1980s. We followed the rules, and it worked. A cab driver in D.C. told me last year that he applied for the immigrant visa lottery and won. He got the visa in short order.

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