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US bishops' spokesman urges: no quick return for unaccompanied children entering US illegally

July 02, 2014

A spokesman for the US bishops’ conference has urged the Obama administration to abandon plans to send back unaccompanied children who enter the US illegally.

“As a nation which has traditionally offered safe haven to those who are persecuted, this proposed policy undercuts our values as a nation,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, who chairs the US bishops’ committee on migration. He said that the children flooding over the border from Mexico constitute a “very vulnerable population,” adding that many may be targets of organized crime.

“What we need is bipartisan cooperation to ensure that these children are protected,” said Bishop Elizondo. “


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  • Posted by: Bernadette - Jul. 07, 2014 9:40 PM ET USA

    What does the official Church in America propose to do? Again, it relies on the govt. to solve humanitarian problems.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Jul. 06, 2014 9:06 PM ET USA

    What we need now is a quick return of these "children" and "mothers" with them. There is so much corrupt dealings ongoing with this influx of illegals that we should return all and say get in line and apply properly.The Church is also contributing to this corruption and theft of the nations resources and jobs.Obamais not really going to return anyone or very few.It is not in his interest to do so. The Church is either blind to what is going on politically or they are deeply involved. SHAME.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jul. 03, 2014 10:46 PM ET USA

    How about if the American Catholic Church pick up the tab for all of these immigrant children?

  • Posted by: bruno - Jul. 03, 2014 12:36 PM ET USA

    I commend the bishops for taking up the call to defend these children. Whatever the ultimate solution for the current difficulties, they should not be abandoned (returned) to further persecution.

  • Posted by: unum - Jul. 03, 2014 11:10 AM ET USA

    So now the USCCB spokesmen are experts on immigration law, and are willing to accept the economic, social, and national security consequences resulting from their recommendations. I believe Church law correctly gives civil authorities the responsibility for immigration, so why do the bishops continually feel the need to speak out on civil matters?