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National Briefing / Illinois

Cardinal decries immigrant raids

March 22, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on the White House to end immigration raids that split up families.

Cardinal Francis George spoke at an immigrant-rights rally at a northwest Chicago church.

His comments were greeted by cheers from the hundreds gathered.

The raids are part of stepped-up federal enforcement targeting illegal immigrants. George says stopping the raids would fulfill the administration's promises of working toward immigration reform.

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