Catholic bishops: Fix unjust immigration system – #catholicvoteby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Jun. 13, 2013, under 2016 Presidential Elections, Legal Immigration Reform
Immigration reform is an issue close to Catholic hearts. America has wonderfully welcomed generations of immigrant families, and our parishes, schools and charitable ministries have long helped successfully integrate immigrants into American life.
Congress will soon debate the most comprehensive overhaul of our nation’s immigration laws in almost 30 years. With the stakes so high, it’s important that Congress craft legislation that balances the legitimate needs of security with our heritage of welcoming immigrants and the gifts they bring to our country.
We bishops call for practical and humane immigration reform grounded in the Catholic experience. All around the country, parishes and service groups help immigrants through English classes, job training, medical aid and other basic assistance. Catholic Charities agencies alone provided services to 400,000 immigrants last year. With this hand of welcome, we help newly-arrived migrants integrate into our communities.
We also see up close the suffering caused by the broken immigration system. Our nation has deported more than 1.5 million people over the past five years, separating hundreds of thousands of parents from their U.S.-citizen children. Our detention system has exploded, incarcerating 400,000 a year, often in substandard conditions. And our brothers and sisters continue to die horrible deaths on both sides of the border. In 2012, the remains of 129 migrants were found in one Texas county alone. FULL STORY HERE>>>