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Bishop criticizes plan to send troops to Mexican border

May 28, 2010

Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, criticized President Barack Obama’s decision to send up to 1,200 members of the National Guard to the US-Mexican border.

“It's not going to solve the problem-- states can't solve the problem for one thing,” he said. “I think this is going to create a greater divide between the immigrant community and law enforcement.”

“I just think that it's going in the wrong direction,” he added. “If there's any silver lining around it, it has certainly brought the question to the forefront.”


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  • Posted by: BobJ70777069 - May. 28, 2010 6:05 PM ET USA

    What is it with our bishops? Closing the border isn't anti-immigrant, it's the sine qua non of any effort to increase the number of legal immigrants and the conditions for their proper integration into American society.