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Bishop Addresses Immigration Issues

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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, has asked the North Carolina General Assembly to suspend all proposed state legislation connected with the issue of immigration. In remarks to the 3rd Annual Latino Day held at the Assembly, Bishop Burbidge said questions of immigration should be taken up nationally by Congress. "If this is not possible," the Bishop added, "I ask that any legislation the General Assembly might consider in this term support the human dignity of all immigrants and their right to immigrate."

Bishop Burbidge noted the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have undertaken a national campaign "to find a just and humane solution to this issue." (See www.justiceforimmigrants.org.) He pointed out that while it "does not condone unlawful entry or circumventions to our nation's immigration laws," it does address to reform our laws to respond to the labor demands of our nation and the right of people to immigrate.

The Bishop expressed gratitude for the Latinos who have moved to North Carolina. "They have shown themselves to be hard workers and possess strong family values," the Bishop said. "I am here to voice my support for them."