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Bishops Urge Immigration Reform

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On June 18th, at the spring meeting of the U.S. Bishops in San Antonio, Texas, Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), called on President Barack Obama and Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform before the end of 2009. Writing on behalf of the full USCCB, Cardinal George said, "It has been clear for years that the United States immigration system requires repair and that reform legislation should not be delayed."

The Cardinal urged "respect and observance of all just laws" and said the Bishops "do not approve or encourage the illegal entry of anyone into our country." But he continued, “Only through comprehensive reform can we restore the rule of law to our nation’s immigration system.”

The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, voiced his support of the USCCB statement. “Like my brother Bishops,” he said, “I recognize that our Church has always been blessed with the strong faith of immigrants. They continue to bring to the Church a deep and vibrant faith.

“With my brother Bishops, I hope and pray that comprehensive immigration reform becomes a reality ever respectful of the laws of our country and the dignity of each and every person.”