Thursday, November 29, 2007

Catholic bishop says state's immigration law is immoral

A Roman Catholic bishop in Tulsa says in a pastoral letter that Oklahoma's new immigration law is immoral and unjust.

Bishop Edward J. Slattery of the Diocese of Tulsa says in the 22-page letter that the fact immigrants are in the country illegally isn't the only issue. He says they are still people who should be treated with dignity.

The law went into effect November 1st and makes it a felony to knowingly transport illegal immigrants as well as creating barriers to hiring them and restricting benefits they can receive from the government.

Slattery says the intention of the law is immoral and its effects will be an intolerable increase in suffering of illegal immigrants and those who enforce the law.

He says the U.S. needs comprehensive immigration reform to protect the nation against infiltration and calls current national immigration policy "schizophrenic."


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