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CNS photo/Jose Luis Gonzalez, ReutersRelatives separated by deportation and immigration policies hug at the U.S.-Mexico border as they take part in a brief reunification meeting June 24 at the banks of the Rio Bravo called

CNS photo/Jose Luis Gonzalez, Reuters
Relatives separated by deportation and immigration policies hug at the U.S.-Mexico border as they take part in a brief reunification meeting June 24 at the banks of the Rio Bravo called "Hugs, No Walls" in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.


During President Trump’s first 100 days in office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 41,000 undocumented immigrants, 37 percent more than during the same period in 2016. The majority were immigrants with no criminal records.

During the campaign, President Trump emphasized that his chief targets for arrest and deportation would be those with records of violent crime.

Social workers note an increase in deportations of people who have lived in the United States for many years, sometimes separating parents from children.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, went so far in implementing the U.S. Catholic bishops’ advocacy for comprehensive immigration reform that he attended a deportation hearing in support of a 59-year-old grandfather who had lived in the United States for 25 years.

The Trump administration should continue deporting those who commit violent crimes and leave peaceful immigrants alone. It is our Christian duty to welcome the immigrant.

John DeZell
Portland







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