A group of Catholic priests and nuns are making their voices hear in the debate over comprehensive immigration reform. More than 200 priests and 180 sisters and brothers representing 59 religious orders have launched the Together as Brothers and Sisters campaign. The aim is to bring attention to the urgency of comprehensive immigration reform.
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“The need for immigration reform is not only about what immigrants can contribute to this country, it is also about compassion and understanding the importance of keeping families together,” said Rev. John Manz, Auxiliary Bishops, Archdiocese of Chicago Episcopal Vicars. “We must not lose sight of the teachings of the Bible that encourage us to welcome the stranger.”
The campaign is calling for Catholic churches across the state and nation to preach during coming Sunday’s in support of immigration reform. Other commitments include a postcard campaign, prayers, letters to editors and fasting. The campaign says any immigration reform legislation must include a path to citizenship for undocumented persons, preserve family, provide legal paths for low-skilled immigrant workers to come to the U.S., restore due process to immigration enforcement policies and address the root causes of migration.