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By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent
SAN DIEGO (Worthy News)-- The Department of Homeland Security has asked Catholic churches in California to temporarily house and feed illegal Central American immigrants until 2016, according to The Daily Caller.
In response, the diocese has offered to allow illegals to stay at church facilities for up to three days while they are being moved by immigration agencies to towns where they want to live. But the transfer of illegal immigrants into California has been suspended following public protests in Murrieta, Calif. And Americans in other states have successfully protested and blocked the administration's effort to transport illegals into their towns
To date, one convoy of families has been sent to the diocese, said Virginia Kice, western region communications director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
"We reached out ... to a number of community and faith-based groups several weeks ago," Kice said. "They could serve an invaluable intermediary in the process ... Our goal was simply to mitigate the impact on the migrants, to try to make their transition easier."
However, the church's offer of free services to DHS is potentially illegal. Federal law prevents government agencies from taking free services from people or private organizations as that would allow those agencies to bypass the congressional power of the purse.