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Immigration For the church, it's more than politics, its people

Marches were held around the country and in the Archdiocese of Omaha in opposition to immigration legislation that focused primarily on border security.


The Justice for Immigrants campaign calls for legislation that provides:

--An achievable and verifiable path to permanent residency.

--Job portability for workers.

--Labor protections that apply to U.S. workers.

--Mechanisms and resources to enforce workers' rights.

--Wages and benefit that don't undercut domestic workers.

--Mobility for the immigrants between the U.S. and their homeland and within the U.S.

--Programs to ensure that U.S. workers aren't harmed.

For the church, it's more than politics, its people

Immigration is a frequent "“ sometimes divisive "“ topic of discussion.

Both the U.S. House and Senate have approved bills calling for changes in immigration laws, and a House committee is now conducting public hearings across the country before a House-Senate conference committee begins work later this fall.

President Bush visited Catholic Charities in Omaha in June to promote his proposal on immigration reform.

But where does the church stand on this issue? What is the church doing nationally ... in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

The Catholic Voice takes a look at immigration "“ the people and the politics "“ in this special report.

Deacon Randy A. Grosse provides one perspective on the current situation in an interview with Professor Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and visits with Father Ryan Lewis, vice chancellor of the Archdiocese of Omaha, about the church's views on immigration, the House and Senate bills and the role of the church in the months and years ahead.

Lisa Schulte reports on what the church is doing to serve immigrants, in terms of spiritual needs and social services, and shares some immigrants' perspectives on the issue. "“ The Editor

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