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The use of the death penalty continued on a downward trend in 2010, according to a report published recently by Amnesty International. The report, "Death Sentences and Executions in 2010," hailed the progress achieved in the last decade, saying that in this period no less than 31 countries abolished the death penalty either in law or in practice. We look at Catholic teaching on the use of the death penalty. Also, yesterday President Obama, in search of Hispanic votes and a long- term immigration overhaul, stood at the U.S.-Mexico border for the first time since winning the White House and declared it more secure than ever. He told the crowd that it's up to them to tell Congress to pass legislation providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. We apply Catholic Social Teaching to the prudential judgments involved in immigration issues.