Bishops seek end to immigration enforcement raids

WASHINGTON (CNS) — If federal immigration officials cannot create more “humane” conditions when making enforcement raids against undocumented immigrants, then “these enforcement raids should be abandoned,” said Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration. The raids, conducted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security, “reveal, sadly, the failure of a seriously flawed immigration system,” Bishop Wester said at a Sept. 10 press conference at the bishops’ headquarters in Washington. “The humanitarian costs of these raids are immeasurable and unacceptable in a civilized society,” he added. “Our current policies do little to solve the problem of illegal immigration to this country — they simply appear to do so, often at the cost of family integrity and human dignity.” Bishop Wester noted that after Congress’ failure to pass a comprehensive immigration bill last year, Homeland Security started conducting mass raids, mostly at workplaces.

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