Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Vatican News Service Criticizes U.S. Immigration Enforcement

You might find this interesting:

Vatican News Service Criticizes U.S. Immigration Enforcement, Commends U.S. Bishops

A report prepared for the Holy See Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has slammed recent U.S. immigration laws which have made even minor crimes like shoplifting a reason for deportation, splitting families.

"For many years," Fides news agency said, "the Catholic Bishops of America have strenuously fought for migrants and against systems of repression, (and have been) actively involved in promoting immigration reforms which encourage legality and respect for human rights."

The news service, which is run by the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, issued the dossier "The Question of Immigration in the United States of America" in late November.

Fides criticized the failure of immigration laws passed in recent years, such as the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996, which toughened border security and made even minor crimes, like shoplifting, a reason for deportation. The law has for many years been the target of criticism by pro-immigrant advocates, who blame it for causing the separation of many immigrant families.
The entire story is available here.