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Immigrants got a huge hug this week with a wordy letter from 33 bishops.
"We recognize that every human being, authorized or not, is an image of God and therefore possesses value and dignity," noted the missive that was released Monday on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Signed by Hispanic/Latino Bishops who serve immigrants, they recognized how "you feel ignored or abandoned, especially when no objection is raised to the false impressions that are promoted within our society."
It was described as their own very special version of the Mananitas, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops media blog.
"We promise to keep working to bring about this change," the bishops pledged, including Detroit's Arturo Cepeda, referring to reform of immigration law. At least one Republican candidate seeking the nomination for U.S. President, supported illegal families who have lived twenty-five years in this country, for example.
Concluding the eight-page letter with a usual blessing, the local and national leaders admitted that "it pains and saddens us that many of our Catholic brothers and sisters have not supported our petitions for changes in the immigration law that will protect your basic rights while you contribute your hard work to our country."
In Oakland County, and elsewhere, local groups wondered why immigrants were singled out for support while others also feel excluded from this nation and Church.