2.Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, California, chair of
the U.S. bishops’ Domestic Policy Committee, has signed on with Faiths United to
Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition to confront America’s gun violence epidemic
and to rally support for policies that reduce death and injury from gunfire.
Among policies the coalition supports: 1. Requiring every person who buys a gun
to have passed a criminal background check.2. Prohibiting ownership of high capacity weapons and ammunition magazines
by civilians.3. Making gun trafficking
a federal crime. Organizations in the coalition include U.S. Conference of
Catholic Bishops, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Catholic Health
Association, Catholic Charities USA, Conference of Major Superiors of Men and Pax Christi USA.
3.President Obama is promising movement on immigration
reform. Here’s what USCCB recommends: 1) path to citizenship for the
undocumented; 2) preservation of family unity as cornerstone of immigration
system; 3) worker program for unskilled workers to enter legally, but with
protections;4) restoration of due process protections for
immigrants; and 5) policies addressing the root causes of migration, such as
economic inequality and persecution.
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