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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Immigration Raids Denounced by Catholic Bishops

We have witnessed first-hand the suffering of immigrant families and are gravely concerned about the collateral human consequences of immigration enforcement raids on the family unit. Many of our local parishes have helped respond to human needs generated by these enforcement actions, providing counseling and legal services to parents and children and basic needs assistance to immigrant communities.Raids strike immigrant communities unexpectedly, leaving the affected immigrant families to cope in their aftermath. Husbands are separated from their wives, and children are separated from their parents. Many families never recover; others never reunite.
As our government confronts the challenges of immigration, let it not forget one of its core duties: protecting the family unit as the fundamental institution upon which society and government itself depends.
Bishop John Wester in a Conference of Catholic Bishops document on immigration entitled “Worksite Enforcement Raids”
To read the full document, go to: http://usccb.org/comm/archives/2008/08-130.shtml