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Prelate criticizes Obama administration over deportations of immigrants

April 02, 2014

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati has issued a statement criticizing both the Obama administration and the US Congress for their handling of the immigration issue.

Calling for “the restoration of law, order and respect for human dignity to our immigration system,” Archbishop Schnurr decried the “breakup of too many good, immigrant families through deportations in our parishes, schools and agencies.”

“We find ourselves dealing with an Administration that says it stands with migrant families yet has deported more immigrants than any administration in US history,” he said. “And our Congress is sending the message that it is better to cast a ‘yea’ vote for our current status quo of chaos and disorder, rather than to forge a compromise.”

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  • Posted by: Leopardi - Apr. 03, 2014 9:13 AM ET USA

    The threat to families comes from "breaking of immigration laws" in the first place (ie, entering the country illegally) NOT in enforcing just laws and insisting on rights of soveriegnty. Let's remember to "render unto Ceasar...". Anticipating the argument: "...but conditions are oppressive in countries from which they have emmigrated", I say, it's hard to make two 'wrongs' come out to be right.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Apr. 02, 2014 7:48 PM ET USA

    Another Bishop sounding off again with either ignorance or arrogance. Maybe he should call upon those breaking the law to follow the law. Those coming here illegally are the ones breaking law. The border needs to be secured first and illegals obeying the law then we can talk about what to do with those here. Most of those coming here are not here to be Americans but to fundamentally change America primarily to Mexico. They need to rethink their purpose for coming here.

  • Posted by: Defender - Apr. 02, 2014 12:56 PM ET USA

    I'm surprised that the cardinal of Boston resorted to branding most Americans who disagree with his views as "xenophobic ranting of a segment of the population." Because he and the NCCB have chosen this as a cause doesn't mean that people have to believe in the same politics they do - we've had six years of an administration doing it already!