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Immigration reform plan offered.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Five bishops in the Mid-Atlantic region have signed a letter urging Congress to overhaul immigration policy and create a temporary worker program to protect immigrants already in the country.

In letters sent to U.S. representatives and senators from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, the bishops wrote that immigrants are "vital" to local communities and "make substantial contributions to our economic and social life."

The letter was signed by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta; recently installed Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh, N.C.; Bishop Robert J. Baker; Charleston, S.C.; Bishop J. Kevin Boland Savannah, Ga.; and Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte, N.C.

The bishops said a comprehensive reform package should consider the economic reasons people leave their homeland, reform of the immigration system, a temporary worker program protective of the rights of all workers and reform that reduces the time for family reunification.
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Title Annotation:U.S. BRIEFS
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 8, 2006
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