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Church leaders speak out against immigration sweeps September 15, 2006

Posted by dsheen88 in Immigration Laws and Policies, Immigration reform, MyComments, News and politics.

Here is a summary of an article published in The San Francisco Chronicle…

Leaders of four different religious faiths spoke out Wednesday near Santa Cruz on behalf of families of scores of immigration violators deported last week as controversy continued over federal immigration sweeps that have netted thousands of people since May.

The religious leaders who spoke out Wednesday acknowledged that the government has a right to enforce immigration law. But they said enforcement can tear apart families in which some members are illegal and others are U.S. citizens.

“It is clear that we have reached a point where we need legislation that will produce a viable path to citizenship for undocumented persons residing in our nation and one (law) that protects the integrity of families and the safety of children,” Roman Catholic Bishop Sylvester Ryan said at a press conference at the Resurrection Catholic Community Church in Aptos.

A San Francisco immigration attorney representing two children whose parents were deported to Mexico, criticized the operation as much more aggressive than in the past.

“Don’t deport them the same day,” she said. “Give them access to counsel. You’re ripping them away from their families. It’s really malicious.”

Michael Cutler, a former immigration agent in New York now associated with the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank in Washington that supports tighter restrictions on immigration, said a better name for the current effort would be “Operation Backrub.”

“The administration has administered warm milk and a backrub to the American people to inspire a false sense of confidence,” he said. “The president has an agenda, which appears to be open up the border between the U.S. and Mexico and the U.S. and Canada. … He’s been doing this to be able to sell his package.”

“You can deport the people, but if employers are still hiring illegal workers, you’re not going to solve the problem,” she said. “They’re tackling the symptom of the problem, which is that people are here. But are they tackling the employment magnet? Are they tackling the fact that there’s no way for these workers to come legally? It’s not clear.” …said Deborah Meyers, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

The message is clear that a comprehensive immigration reform is absolutely necessary…



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