Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Bishops Oppose Immigration Bill

From the Washington Post:

Nationwide, Catholic agencies serve more than 300,000 "newcomers" through Catholic Community Services. No questions are asked about their immigration status.

But Roman Catholic bishops say anti-immigration legislation passed recently by the House could put that work in jeopardy, even as the drafters of the proposal say vehemently that those interpretations are wrong and that no harm is intended.

The sticking point in the arguments is language in a section of the House proposals, which the Senate is scheduled to take up next month, that would make it a criminal offense for anyone to "direct or assist" an immigrant with the knowledge that the person crossed the U.S. border illegally. Financial penalties and jail time could follow.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Catholic Church's position on our borders is blatently self-serving and hypocritical. Their hypocrisy is revealed by their marked lack of enthusiasm for migration of poor Muslims into Europe. If their concern was for the poor, they would embrace this migration with the same enthusiasm as they embrace the migration of poor Catholics into the USA. The difference is that one benefits the Church and the other does not.

1/21/2006 2:42 PM  

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