BISHOPS TO THE LEFT OF SENATE DEMOCRATS ON IMMIGRATION
By Cliff Kincaid
May 6, 2010
In commenting on the “Real Enforcement with Practical Answers for Immigration Reform” (REPAIR) proposal offered by Senate Democrats, the top Catholic in the U.S. on immigration issues says that it spends too much money on border enforcement and not enough on bailing out the economies of Mexico and Central America.
Bishop John C. Wester, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration issued a statement on Friday declaring that the Bishops “have concerns about the increases in enforcement resources contained in the framework” because “the United States has poured billions of dollars into immigration enforcement” and the money “has not only not solved the problem but in some cases led to the abuse of migrants.” He suggested more foreign aid was the answer to keeping immigrants in their home countries.
However, Jim Russell, head of Catholics for a Moral Immigration Policy, told AIM that more money, not less, should be spent on border security, and that the Bishops are wrong to oppose Arizona’s new immigration law.