Skip to comments.Catholics push for immigration reform [Catholic "Immigration Mass" in Raleigh, NC]
Posted on 06/11/2007 6:31:23 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
RALEIGH -- The immigration reform bill might be faltering in Washington, D.C., but North Carolina's Catholics are doing what they can to keep it alive.
At Catholic Community Saint Francis of Assisi in Raleigh, members signed letters to senators Dole and Burr urging them to support a legalization program.
Immigrants lack basic human rights, worker rights and worker protection, said Megan Nerz, the director of Franciscan Coalition for Justice and Peace. It can't be a good thing to have 14 million people in the country who are undocumented.
Catholics are also asking for worker protections and family based reforms.
But critics said the church has an alternative motive of filling up pews as one third of Catholics in the United States are Latinos.
"Regardless of their faith whether they be Catholic or Muslim or Jew, the Catholic church always comes down on the side of respect for the human person, said Father Mark Reamer of Catholic Community St. Francis of Assisi.