Arizona clergy urge U.S. to tackle immigration law

Federal government must take the lead
Religious leaders active in Arizona interfaith affairs went to Washington in mid-May to tell the state’s senators that the federal government, not the state, should take the lead on immigration reform.

The group of Jewish, Methodist, evangelical, Catholic and Episcopal leaders said they oppose Arizona’s new law that allows police to question residents about their legal immigration status.

The clergy delegation and their advocates are pushing Republican senators John McCain and Jon Kyl “to step up and show principal leadership to solve the problem,” said Kristin Williams of Faith and Public Life, the Washington-based group that helped bring the delegation to Capitol Hill.

The delegation included United Methodist bishop Minerva Carcaño of Phoenix, her church’s first Hispanic woman bishop, and Roman Catholic bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, the vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


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