Immigration Reform Campaign to Begin

WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 4, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Comprehensive immigration reform, including a broad legalization program, is the goal of a national campaign to be launched by U.S. Catholics next Tuesday.

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Church leaders will announce a new effort to educate Catholics about the need for «justice for immigrants,» and to challenge President George Bush and Congress to adopt reform measures built on principles issued by U.S. and Mexican bishops in 2003.

The four principles are: legalization for the undocumented; expanded opportunities for legal entry for work and family reunification; establishment of an appropriate and effective temporary workers program; and re-establishment of due process rights and other legal safeguards.

Among the leaders scheduled to be on hand for the launch of the campaign will be Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop of Washington, and Bishop James Tamayo of Laredo, Texas.

Twenty Catholic organizations with national networks are joining in the national campaign.

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