Bishop calls for compassion for child immigrants

Bishop calls for compassion amid proposal to house children from Central America in Michigan
Posted on July 15, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 15, 2014 at 8:43 a.m.

VASSAR, Mich. (AP) — The head of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw is calling for compassion following a proposal to house child immigrants from Central America in a small Michigan community.

The Rev. Joseph R. Cistone visited El Salvador in February with Catholic Relief Services and says he saw children in need of food and shelter. He says the U.S. government must come up with new immigration policies as thousands of children traveling alone from Central America are crossing into the U.S.

Cistone tells The Saginaw News (http://bit.ly/1qcjWj0 ) that “Our response should be one of love and compassion.”

The bishop’s comments come as Grosse Pointe Park-based Wolverine Human Services says it wants to enter into a contract allowing its facility in Vassar to house children who fled violence in Central America.

Information from: The Saginaw News, http://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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