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Fr. Anton Kcira of St. Paul Parish in suburban Detroit conducts an outdoor Stations of the Cross and prayer service March 16, asking prayers for parishioners who have been affected by deportations or detentions pending deportation. Kcira began to notice the absence of more and more of his regular parishioners back in 2005. The loss resulting from deportations has escalated since then. "Last year we lost about 200 families, and Our Lady of Albanians lost 120," Kcira said. He added that hundreds of other families have been split up. Many came as refugees from political turmoil in Albania or the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been rounding up ethnic Albanians who have lost their political asylum appeals. Kcira and other leaders in the local Albanian community want a moratorium until Congress passes a new immigration bill, widely expected by this summer.

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Title Annotation:Fr. Anton Kcira conducts special prayer for parishioners facing deportation
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
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Date:Apr 6, 2007
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