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Archbishop Gomez calls for immigration reform

Catholic World News - May 11, 2011

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles urged Congress and the president to work together to enact comprehensive immigration reform. The chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Migration made his remarks following President Barack Obama’s speech on the topic in El Paso.

“The president and Congress can no longer wait to address this important issue,” Archbishop Gomez said. “In the absence of comprehensive reform, many states and localities are taking the responsibility of enforcing immigration law into their own hands. This has led to abuses and injustices for many U.S. families and immigrant communities.”

“Our current policies are breaking up families in the name of enforcing our laws,” the prelate added. “Congress and the president have a responsibility to come together to enact reform that corrects this humanitarian problem, respects the dignity and hard work of our immigrant brothers and sisters, and reflects America’s proud history as a hospitable society and a welcoming culture.”

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  • Posted by: kmbold - May. 11, 2011 7:47 PM ET USA

    Saw this coming, though I'd hope otherwise.

  • Posted by: Dan - May. 11, 2011 11:39 AM ET USA

    With all due respect to the Archbishop, a more grave consequence of the lack of enforcement of immigration laws is the disintegration of whole communities and even entire regions inundated by illegal and low-skilled workers. Immigrants, for the most part, move to this country because of economic opportunity supported by respect for and enforcement of laws. Unregulated immigration destroys precisely those elements of civil society, damaging both immigrant and native communities.

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