Cardinal Cupich advises priests on immigration raids

(NCR Online) If immigration authorities without a warrant knock on the door of Chicago churches, rectories or Catholic schools, don’t let them in.

That is the message in a Feb. 28 letter from Cardinal Blase Cupich to his priests offering counsel on how to respond to the recent Trump administration crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

“We need to stand together and clearly make it known that the Archdiocese of Chicago supports the dignity of all persons without regard to immigration status,” Cupich wrote.

Until there is comprehensive immigration reform passed by Congress, he urged the priests to “stand in solidarity with those who live in the shadows.”

If Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials come to Chicago Catholic facilities, they should politely be sent away, unless they have a warrant, Cupich wrote. He urged priests to contact the legal offices of the archdiocese if they are approached by immigration authorities. [More]


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