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Cardinal George, Faith Leaders Call for End to ‘Un-American’ Raids

by Patty Kupfer on 03/25/2009 at 2:09pm

Cardinal George“End the raids.” That’s the message from Cardinal George, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in USA Today.

Folks, it just doesn’t get any simpler than that. 

You’ve probably heard the uproar – led by Lou Dobbs- over Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s recent statements at a church in her hometown. She called on Congress to end immigration raids that tear families apart, a process which she called “un-American.”

Well, faith leaders from across the nation are lining up with the same line. They are calling for an end to federal policies that have terrorized immigrant families and trampled our most basic values of families.

Rev. Jim Wallis is saying it loud and clear on his website, www.GodsPolitics.com, in an opinion piece called “Stop the Raids.”

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, echoed the call this weekend as part of the Family Unity Tour:

“I stand with other faith leaders and all of you gathered here today and with every immigrant family in this nation to call on our government to end immigration raids and the separation of families.”

He went on, “To separate families, wives from husbands, children from parents, is to diminish what God has joined.”

So, it turns out that the extremists- led by Lou Dobbs – were right, and Speaker Pelosi was wrong. The raids aren’t un-American.

They’re unconscionable.

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