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USCCB: bishop rues opening of immigrant detention center

December 17, 2014

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The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration decried the opening of a family detention center-- the largest of its kind-- for those who have entered the United States illegally.

“It is inhumane to house young mothers with children in restrictive detention facilities, as if they are criminals,” said Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle. “Many of these families are fleeing persecution and should be afforded the full benefit of domestic and international law.”

“Detention denies mothers and children with valid legal claims meaningful access to due process, including legal representation,” he added, citing the case of a detention center in New Mexico.


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  • Posted by: Defender - Dec. 17, 2014 11:10 AM ET USA

    It should be pointed out that these illegal aliens will not only have accommodations that seem to be better than where they come from, but also better than the homeless receive on the streets of the bishops' own dioceses.