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The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Thursday urged Congress to approve immigration reform, insisting that “the time to act is now.”
Joseph E. Kurtz, archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky, issued his call while the bishops are preparing for their spring assembly, set for June 10-13 in New Orleans.
The U.S. Senate, which has a Democratic majority, approved a bipartisan immigration bill almost a year ago, but the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has refused to even discuss a similar initiative.
“As pastors, we see the human consequences of this broken system each day in our parishes and social service programs, as families are separated, migrant workers are exploited, and our fellow human beings risk everything to find a better life for themselves and the ones they love,” Kurtz said.
“Our nation should no longer tolerate an unjust system,” he said.
There are some 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States and debates on reforming the immigration system have been going on for decades since the last modification of the relevant law in 1986.