For those not with us.
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.