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Key US bishop praises judge's decision on immigration law

July 30, 2010

The chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Migration has joined the bishops of Arizona in praising a federal judge’s July 28 ruling that prevented parts of Arizona’s controversial immigration law from taking effect.

“It is the right decision,” said Bishop Wester of Salt Lake City. “Any law that provides legal cover to profiling affects all members of our communities, including legal residents and citizens. It is a very slippery slope. What is needed now is for Congress and the Administration to live up to their responsibilities and address this issue by passing immigration reform.”


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  • Posted by: mdepietro - Aug. 14, 2010 11:33 PM ET USA

    I would be curious to know why the Bishops have a problem with a police officer being required to check the immigration status of an individual they are detaining for a different reason. Checking the immigration status is not particularly onerous to the individual, Simply producing a drivers license ends the inquire mandated by the Arizona law. Are the Bishops saying there should be no enforcement of laws against illegal entrance into the country? Just what would be ok?

  • Posted by: cloudchaser64 - Jul. 30, 2010 10:07 PM ET USA

    I think all of these bishops need to get their heads out of the air and come to Arizona and spend a couple of months, preferably about 10 miles north of the Mexican/American border. After this, make whatever pronoucements they need to.