- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Catholic bishops are urging state residents to write letters to President Barack Obama in support of expanding U.S. resettlement efforts of Syrian refugees.

The church leaders said in a statement Monday that they are joining the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in calling Catholics to pray for refugees.

Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester, Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantu and Gallup Bishop James Wall also asked parishioners to call members of Congress to support needed development aid for refugee host countries.

The bishops say the “vast majority of refugees are innocent, law-abiding people who are fleeing persecution and death.”

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she’s opposed to the Obama administration’s plan to accept any more Syrian refugees until there’s a plan to properly vet and place them.

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