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St. Cloud Times: Bishop Donald J. Kettler – Your Turn: U.S. is no longer welcoming to new ideas, immigrants

(by Most Rev. Donald J. Kettler)
July 26, 2014

Misconceptions in the area of immigration policy, like in other areas of life, often lead to lack of understanding, resentment and unwillingness to compromise. As people of faith, we must open not only our hearts, but our minds to see the whole story.

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Pioneer Press: Bishop Andrew Cozzens – Immigration reform: a human rights test that provides opportunity for American renewal

(by Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens)
July 23, 2014

The Roman Catholic Bishops of Minnesota and around the United States have long been concerned about the nation’s immigration policy. It is inconsistent, ineffective, and does not promote the common good. The current humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children fleeing from violence to the U.S./Mexican border is a deeply troubling reminder of how serious the situation has become.

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New Ulm Journal: Bishop John M. LeVoir – Plight of immigrants demands a response

(by Bishop John M. LeVoir)
July 20, 2014

Comprehensive immigration reform is a moral imperative, and one which should not be delayed any longer. Our immigration system lacks a solid moral foundation based on human dignity and is taking a deep toll on immigrants, their families, and our communities. It is inconsistent, ineffective, and does not serve the good of all Americans. The current humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children fleeing from violence in their countries of origin to the U.S./Mexican border is a stark reminder of how serious the situation has become.

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The Bemidji Pioneer: Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner – America must meet this human rights test

(by Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner)
July 19, 2014

Our nation’s immigration system is broken. It is inconsistent, ineffective and does not serve the common good. On this point, people across the political spectrum are in agreement.

The question is, what are we going to do about it, especially as thousands of children are coming across the border into the United States due to the stark violence in their countries of origin?

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Post-Bulletin: Bishop John M. Quinn – Inaction is not the answer for U.S. immigration reform

(by Bishop John M. Quinn)
July 18, 2014

Pope Francis recently said “the measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need.” Today, undocumented children and families — who are our neighbors, service providers, co-workers and friends — are among those most in need.

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Duluth News Tribune: Bishop’s view: Immigration in America: A lost sense of responsibility?

(by Bishop Paul D. Sirba)
July 18, 2014

Congress is nearing the end of its term and, as of yet, has not enacted a comprehensive immigration reform package that creates a roadmap to citizenship for the nearly 11 million undocumented people in the U.S. Compounding the issue is the current humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexican border with the influx of unaccompanied children, some as young as 5 years old, in search of safety from the violence plaguing their countries of origin.

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New York Post: A vital win for religious freedom

(by Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, President of USCCB)
June 30, 2014

Pope Francis recently emphasized that “religious freedom is not simply freedom of thought or private worship. It is the freedom to live according to ethical principles, both privately and publicly.”

On Monday, the Supreme Court recognized this basic freedom in the Hobby Lobby case, upholding the rights of Americans to live out their faith in daily life, through the closely held businesses they run.

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News Release (USCCB): Bishop in House Committee Testimony: Nation ‘Must Not Turn Our Back’ on Unaccompanied Children Crossing Border

Children are targeted with violence, seek safety
Says root causes of violence and insecurity must be addressed
Urges for bipartisan cooperation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 25, 2014)—Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, stated in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, June 25, that the rise of the number of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border represents a “test of our moral character” of the nation. “We must not fail this test,” he added. “We must not turn our back on them.”

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Written Testimony of Jason Adkins in Support of Immigrant Driver’s Licenses, H.F. 238

H.F. 238 (PDF Version)
May 16, 2014

Good morning. My name is Jason Adkins and I am executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota. MCC wishes to express its strong support for HF 348, the Driver’s Licenses for All bill.

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MCC Letter of Support for the Women’s Economic Security Act

HF 2371, HF 2259, HF 2461, SF 2050
April 22, 2014

Dear Legislator: (PDF Version)

The Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, wishes to ensure that women have access to a workplace that supports family economic security and motherhood, and this act is an important step towards those goals. We are grateful to those who have moved this legislation forward and would like to offer our support for three provisions of S.F. 2050 in particular, Article 3 section 2, Article 3 section 4, and Article 3 section 6.

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