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Archbishop Gomez welcomes senators’ immigration framework as ‘first step’

January 29, 2013

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, said that the immigration-reform principles announced by eight senators on January 28 are an “important first step” towards comprehensive immigration reform.

“It is vital that the framework includes a path to citizenship, so that undocumented immigrants can come out of the shadows and into the light and have a chance to become Americans,” Archbishop Gomez said.

The four principles announced by the bipartisan group of senators are “creating a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants already here that is contingent upon securing the border and combating visa overstays”; “improving our legal immigration system and attracting the world’s best and brightest”; “strong employment verification”; and “admitting new workers and protecting workers’ rights.”


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  • Posted by: unum - Jan. 30, 2013 10:39 AM ET USA

    I don't recall that Jesus ever preached about citizenship or the details of Caesar's edicts. So, why are the Catholic bishops fixated on politics? Meanwhile, little or nothing is actually happening with the Year of Faith and New Evangelization in our parishes because our bishops are too busy with "other things" (like politics). Our bishops need to issue clear directions to pastors about renewal of the Church and they need to follow up to assure those directions are followed.