The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wish to influence Congress to focus on an immigration reform that would reunite families, restore due process protections for people migrating to the country and regularize the status of illegal residents.
According to Antonio Cube, national manager of the U.S. bishops’ Justice for Immigrants project, their sole intention is to enhance Catholic grass-roots support for immigration reforms. Keeping the same in mind, a new postcard campaign will start in the year 2010 and will coincide with the bishops’ National Migration Week, from January 3- January 9, 2010. ‘The Catholic Church holds a unique place to comment of issues such as Immigration as it is present in sending countries as well as receiving countries,’ added Cube.
According to predictions by Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration, the chances of an approval of this legislation would be greatly dependent on the upcoming Health Care Reforms also.
Also, President Barack Obama has continuously emphasized on various Health Care reforms in the past and have emphasized on a deep connection between Immigration and Health Care Reforms several times.