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STL Archdiocese to hold workshop on immigration

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Catholic leaders in St. Louis are joining the push for major changes to U-S immigration laws. The Archdiocese is holding a workshop on the issue this morning.

Leo Anchondo heads the Justice for Immigrants Campaign with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He says the Church supports a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

But Anchondo says that's NOT the same thing as amnesty: "This way, you're putting them in the back of the line as opposed to the front of the line of those people that have been waiting. They would have to pay taxes. They would have to pay a penalty fee, making it not a blanket amnesty, per se."

A bill in the U.S. Senate proposes such a scenario. But it has not yet come up for a vote. In December, the House passed a bill that among other things would make illegal immigration a felony.

Anchondo also says the group wants to work with foreign leaders to figure out why so many people are leaving their home countries in the first place.

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