Bishops and Immigration Reform
March 23rd, 2006

The Daily News editorial argues that Brooklyn’s Catholic spiritual leader, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio strikes the right note when he stressed the need for secure borders but at the same time expressed his opposition against a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representative that said anyone who assist an illegal immigrant would be guilty of a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

DiMarzios statement came a day after an op-ed piece in the New York Times by Roger Mahony, the cardinal archbishop of Los Angeles, directing the priests of his archdiocese to disobey the bill if it becomes law.

Critics view these statements as part of a campaign by the American Catholic bishops to wage an intense, sophisticated campaign to promote their version of immigration reform.

Proponent of the bill said that the cardinal points to a provision of the bill that makes it illegal to assist an illegal immigrant to remain in the United States, writes National Review editorial. [The bills] language largely replicates existing legal provisions that have never been applied against charitable work.

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