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A Window Of Opportunity to Reform Our Immigration System21 Aug

The Catholic Conference of Kentucky, which includes the four bishops who shepherd the Archdiocese of Louisville and the Dioceses of Covington, Owensboro and Lexington, is continuing to push federal lawmakers to fix the broken immigration system that breaks apart families, allows abuse by unscrupulous employers, and forces people into the shadows where they are denied their human dignity. What they have written in the past – Every Man and Woman is the Image of God – is just as valid today as it was when promulgated. Just reform is necessary and morally required.

Our current system, instead of discouraging undocumented migration, makes it inevitable. Work visas for unskilled workers are too few in number compared to the demand. Family unity visas can be even scarcer forcing immigrants to wait decades to be united with their family members. For migrants desperate to find work or to join their family members, there are few options, none of which are desirable: cross a deadly desert, pay unscrupulous smugglers, or both.

This new statement from Bishop William Medley of Owensboro outlines problems associated with our current law and encourages all, especially Catholics, to contact those who represent Kentucky in Congress and ask them to reform our immigration law in a way that is fair, responsible and just so that families can reunite, native born and immigrant workers are protected, and our immigrant brothers and sisters are brought out of the shadows and their human dignity honored.

Contact your member of Congress by calling 202.224.3121 and ask the operator to transfer you to your member of the House of Representatives: Reps. Whitfield, or Guthrie, or Yarmuth, or Massie, or Rodgers, or Barr. Let their staff members know you are expecting them to reform our immigration law in a comprehensive and just manner.

For more information, visit the Justice For Immigrants website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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