BISMARCK -- Catholic Bishops of North Dakota released a statement Thursday for "an honest examination and correction" of the immigration situation along the nation's southern border.

Signed by bishops David D. Kagan, of the diocese in Bismarck, and John T. Folda, of the diocese in Fargo, the statement called for a balance where government's law and order without regard to impacts upon families as well as avoiding the other end of the spectrum where government employees are vilified for doing their jobs.

"The family is so vitally important, not only to a child's life, but also to society as a whole, that children should be removed from family caregiver only when, through due process, it is established it is necessary to protect the child from harm. Merely crossing the border without authorization does not meet this threshold," the bishops' statement said.

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