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USCCB: call senators, urge them to reject 5 amendments to immigration bill

June 14, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants campaign is asking Catholics to “call your senators as soon as possible” and urge them to oppose five amendments to immigration legislation.

The amendments have been proposed by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Rubio is the son of Cuban immigrants.

“Call your senators as soon as possible to oppose immigration amendments that will weaken or destroy path to citizenship for millions of persons,” Justice for Immigrants’ action alert stated, as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued position papers explaining its opposition to each of the amendments.


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  • Posted by: unum - Jun. 15, 2013 8:42 AM ET USA

    I notice that the amendments our progressive bishops oppose are all offered by Republicans. Are we seeing partisan politics with tax-free donations?

  • Posted by: chasann113163 - Jun. 15, 2013 7:24 AM ET USA

    Why are we even calling them immigrants, these are people who came here without permission and have already taken advantage of what this country has to offer and the Bishops are asking the people of this country to give them even more. What is it about the word Illegal that the bishops don't understand. There has to be a price paid when we do things that are "ILLEGAL". Of course we can no longer even use the word "ILLEGAL", so it doesn't exist.

  • Posted by: Bernadette - Jun. 14, 2013 8:59 PM ET USA

    I'll ignore this plea, too. Bishops, please get out of Washington, D.C. and back to your flocks! If you must meet somewhere from time to time, how about a more central location such as St. Louis, MO? You are more and more a political body and your people "perish for lack of Knowledge" of their Faith and practice. Your main charism is teaching the Faith to your people and please be a father to your overworked priests who need to be able to meet and talk with you from time to time.

  • Posted by: wsw33410 - Jun. 14, 2013 8:52 PM ET USA

    I am an immigrant to the US; arrived as a refuge in 1975. Before receiving a permanent resident status I had to find job, learn English and lead a moral, responsible life. Before becoming a citizen I had a professional position, spoke good English and paid taxes, was active in my Church and professional organizations. I REJECT this CALL FOR AN EASY WAY FOR ANY IMMIGRANT TO THE US!!! USCCB does not understand that EVERYONE has to follow the law of country, wherever it is, there are NO SHORT-CUTS

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Jun. 14, 2013 6:57 PM ET USA

    I too will pass. These are 5 phone calls I won't be making

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jun. 14, 2013 12:38 PM ET USA

    This is a purely political decision over which the bishops have no special authority at all, especially when they address us as an amorphous group like the USCCB. I'll pass on this plea.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jun. 14, 2013 10:46 AM ET USA

    So the bishops remain against secure borders, English and having illegals pay their fair share of taxes in order to receive benefits for Amnesty II. When is enough, enough?