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Understanding the Issues in the Immigration Debate
[UPDATE: May 8, 2006]

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Back from their Easter break the Senate is still working on the Immigration Reform Bill. FYI from CNN.

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Here is a summary of the issues and how they are being addressed in the present legistlation.

The U.S. Conference of Bishops support the Secure American and Orderly Immigration Act (S1033 and HR 2033), which includes creating a worker visa program and exempts immediate relatives of U.S. citizens from an annual cap on family-sponsored immigrant visas.

The Bishops are opposed to HR 4437, the Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 because it contains criminal penalties for anyone who assists aliens without legal status, which could put many church programs in danger. HR 4437 could put social service and health care workers at both the parish and diocesan level at risk of criminal prosecution.

Here's how you can take action:

Please e-mail or call your Senators and Representatives immediately.

Ask them to move on this legislation and support S1033 and HR2033,and to oppose HR4437.

E-mails and phone calls are best. If you wish further information on the issue of Immigration, go to the USCCB website

Let your voice be heard as this legislation progresses through the system.

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