Jul 2010

ACC 2010 Voter's Guide Online Now!

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The Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC) has just released its 2010 Voter's Guide for the upcoming Primary Election online at

ARIZONA ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS' STATEMENT ON U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE SUSAN BOLTON'S RULING ON SB 1070

We, the Roman Catholic Bishops in Arizona, commend Judge Susan Bolton for enjoining some of the
more problematic provisions of SB 1070.
 
We hope that reaction to her ruling will be expressed only in peaceful and legal ways.
 
As Bishops in our respective dioceses, we know that in practically every parish there are families that
have been living with the fear and anxiety generated by SB 1070 that they might be torn apart. The
situation of these families might be that one parent is a citizen and that the other is not in our country
legally. Or, the situation might be that some children in the family are citizens and that a brother or sister
is not here legally.
 
Our hearts go out to these families. We know them to be good people who work hard and who contribute
to the economy and to the quality of life of their communities.
 
We will continue our advocacy against the provisions of SB 1070 and will monitor the implementation of
the provisions allowed by the ruling.
 
We will continue to advocate for comprehensive reform of our nation's immigration laws.
 
Our advocacy is predicated on our beliefs that:

ARIZONA ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS' STATEMENT ON
U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE SUSAN BOLTON'S RULING ON SB 1070
JULY 28, 2010
 

Illegal immigration is bad for our nation. It is not good for us to not know who is entering ourcountry.
  • Our international borders need to be secured and we need to be protected from drug smuggling,weapons smuggling, human trafficking and violence.
  • There must be a process - but not amnesty - for persons who have entered our country illegally to pursue legal status. This process must have proportionate consequences for the act of illegal entry, consequences that would include fines, learning English, and going to the "back of the line" to seek citizenship.
  • Our nation needs a program that would allow needed workers to enter the country legally. This program must include protection of worker rights.
  • The tragic consequences of the failure of our nation's political leadership to enact reform of our
    immigration system have included the deaths of thousands of people.
     
    Migrants - women, men, children in desperate circumstances - have died trying to enter our country. U.S.
    citizens have died because of crimes committed by drug smugglers, people smugglers and weapons
    smugglers.
     
    We pray for those who have died and for their grieving families.
     
    And we pray that our senators and representatives will put aside their partisan divisions and go to work
    immediately to fix the broken immigration system.
     
    Most Rev. James S. Wall
    Bishop of Gallup
    Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted
    Bishop of Phoenix
    Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas
    Bishop of Tucson
    Most Rev. Eduardo A. Nevares
    Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix

    Vote No on Proposal 1

    Michigan Catholic Conference is a member of the ballot question committee Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution, which is working to oppose Proposal 1 of 2010. Prop 1 will ask Michigan voters at the November general election if the state should conduct a constitutional convention in 2011. Continue reading…

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    Lansing Update

    July 2, 2010

    The current issue of Lansing Update has been posted to the Michigan Catholic Conference Web site at:

    http://www.micatholicconference.org/public-policy/publications/lansing-update/

    1.  Enhanced Support for Non-Public Schools Highlight Budget Week

    2.  State of Michigan Budget Woes Continue as State Awaits Fed Action