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Across America, Immigration Raids Greet Pope Benedict XVI

May 17, 2008

Washington, DC – The following is a statement by Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communication for the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan, pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington.


At the same moment that Pope Benedict XVI was admonishing President Bush that the U.S. must treat immigrants with dignity and humanity, the Bush Administration was rounding up immigrant workers in raids in at least five states across the country.  What a black eye for the President and for the United States.


These raids will continue to tear apart families and disrupt communities because Congress has failed to enact serious immigration reform.  Too many Members of Congress are held hostage by the narrow sliver of activists who see mass deportation as the one and only approach to immigration reform.


We will never deport our way to legality and control over immigration.  We should be working towards reforms that get immigrants into the system, working above board, and restore the rule of law.  We should put this shameful chapter of mass deportation and police state intrusions behind us.

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