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Friday July 16, 2010

AZ Catholic Church Pleads for Immigration Reform as a Humanitarian Cause

Father Gerald Kicanas who is the Bishop of Tucson, Arizona and Vice President of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference, was on Capital Hill yesterday testifying before Congress on the need for immigration reform characterizing it as “ultimately a humanitarian issue.”  He testified as a witness to the human consequences of illegal immigration and what he has seen running his diocese right at the Arizona-Mexico border.

Bishop Kicanas testified to the exploitation by human smugglers, death in the desert and broken families.  He categorized undocumented immigrants as a “permanent underclass” and urged Congress to grant citizenship for the 12 million individuals already here and grant work permits for those wishing to work in the U.S. 

In closing he urged Americans to tone down the harsh rhetoric and everyone to study the “root causes” of illegal immigration and support international aid so that migrants can ultimately stay in there country’s and contribute.

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