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Catholic bishops ask Trump for humane immigration policies

Published:Tuesday | November 15, 2016 | 11:00 AM

BALTIMORE (AP):

The nation's Roman Catholic bishops are urging President-elect Donald Trump to adopt humane policies towards immigrants and refugees.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops said serving and welcoming people fleeing conflict and violence is part of their identity as Roman Catholics. Church leaders said they would continue to offer that aid.

Trump talked tough about immigration on the campaign trail, including proposing building a wall along the border of US and Mexico and deporting all 11 million illegal immigrants. He later distanced himself from those statements. In an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes broadcast Sunday night, he said he would focus on deporting people with criminal records beyond their immigrant status.

The bishops made the plea yesterday at the start of their annual fall meeting in Baltimore.