Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Bishops to Call for End to Workplace Raids

Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City will lead a press conference tomorrow calling on the Department of Homeland Security and the Bush Administration to end the practice of massive workplace immigration raids.

In a release announcing the conference, Bishop Wester said, "The humanitarian costs of these raids are immeasurable and unacceptable in a civilized society.” Bishop Wester is chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration (and a wonderful priest and auxiliary bishop from my past-life in San Francisco).

The cost of these raids has been devastating not only for immigrants, but on their children who are citizens, and for the fabric of whole communities where they once lived and worked. I'm sure Bishop Wester will explain more about that at tomorrow's conference, and we'll have the story here - so check back.