Three bishops say Iowa migrants deserve better after raid, floods

"Inhumane" conditions
Iowa bishops from three denominations have demanded an overhaul of U.S. immigration policy in the wake of a government raid on a large kosher slaughterhouse and allegations of worker mistreatment during relief efforts after June’s floods.

“We are concerned that we would substitute any level of fearmongering . . . for the hard work of getting a humane and just immigration policy,” United Methodist bishop Gregory Palmer said July 10.

In a telephone press conference organized by the group Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the bishops condemned the government’s handling of a May 2 raid at a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, which resulted in the arrest of nearly 400 undocumented workers.


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