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  • For immigrants: Minor infractions, major penalties
    Since 9-11, undocumented immigrants have faced a much harder road. Federal security provisions meant to keep dangerous individuals out of the country have also prompted the deportation of others, including several active Portland Catholics who were contributing to the community.
  • Immigrant workers stiffed by local contractor
    A group funded in part by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is continuing a fight for 16 immigrant day laborers who say they have not been paid by a Clackamas painting contractor.
  • Lawyer fights for immigrant victims
    Every day, Geoff Scowcroft gets a call from someone in Oregon who's snared in the federal immigration system. Their woes can keep him up nights.
  • Immigrant education bill seen as possible
    Congress is not likely to consider comprehensive immigration reform until after the new year. But there is a better chance for passage of a bill that would allow young immigrants to attend college or serve in the military as a way to legal status.
  • An African family finds peace in Oregon
    The government, which he had so long served, wanted him dead. Felix, whose name has been changed to protect him, was an influential prosecutor in a central African nation. His scruples in rooting out corruption made him an enemy of the country's leader. When death squads came to Felix's home, he was not there.
  • Tackle immigration problems at economic roots, bishops say
    WASHINGTON — Bishops of the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean called on their governments to address the economic root causes of migration and seek policies that will help create jobs for people in their homelands.
  • Church-run dining room on the border serves deportees
    NOGALES, Mexico — Victor Hernandez Martinez, a blacksmith with his own business near Seattle, was on his third day at the "Centro para Atencion a los Migrantes Deportados," the Center to Help Deported Migrants, a few hundred yards inside the Mexican border from Arizona.
  • WASHINGTON — When residents of Fremont, Neb., voted in June to bar undocumented immigrants from renting housing or getting jobs in their city, they stepped onto a path that other U.S. towns have already blazed, with legal and political results that remain unclear years later.
  • Two US bishops say Mass near Mexican border to pray for end to violence
    EL PASO, Texas — Bishop Armando Ochoa of El Paso and Bishop Ricardo Ramirez of Las Cruces, New Mexico, celebrated Mass near a bridge that crosses the Rio Grande to pray for an end to violence on the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Beyond Arizona law debate, common ground seen on immigration solutions
    LOS ANGELES — The heated national debate over Arizona’s tough new immigration law has drawn much-needed attention to calls for immigration reform, but it also has obscured the fact that there is “actual common ground” among Americans on “key elements” of reform, says to Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles.
  • Bishop urges US treat immigration as humanitarian, not economic issue
    WASHINGTON — Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the problem of immigration should not be dissected as an economic issue, but as a humanitarian one.
  • WASHINGTON — Immigration reform is "about the only public policy issue upon which there is great unanimity across the Christian spectrum," says the Rev. Rich Nathan, of the Vineyard Church of Columbus, Ohio, to a forum of conservative evangelical leaders working for comprehensive reform.
  • North Portland Catholic family welcomes Ethiopian woman - at last
    Until June, Yodit Derese lived alone in a hut on a crowded street in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Born with a malformed foot, the 25-year-old orphan would limp to work, where she pounded rock for construction. During free time, she would pray, using a hand-bound prayer book. Her new home in North Portland is crowded by U.S. standards — five kids and two parents. But to her, it's a castle made spacious by love.
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