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Archbishop Gomez welcomes introduction of Senate immigration legislation

April 18, 2013

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the Committee on Migration of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has welcomed the introduction of comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the United States Senate.

“I commend the Senators who have introduced this bipartisan bill, as they have shown leadership and courage in this effort,” he said. “We will look to work constructively with them and other members of Congress to improve upon their proposal, should such improvements prove necessary, so that any final bill creates an immigration system that restores the rule of law in a humane and just manner.”

The prelate “withheld comment on the specific details of the new legislation until the USCCB has analyzed its provisions,” according to a USCCB news release.


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  • Posted by: unum - Apr. 18, 2013 6:34 PM ET USA

    Is Bishop Gomez a politician or preacher? It is hard to tell, and therein lies a problem. A politician argues to change the minds of others, while a preacher teaches gospel truths to others. When the faithful don't know whether the bishops are politicking or teaching as Jesus did, the result is confusion and there is a much confusion of the Catholic laity these days. Abp. Gomez is a good man. But, he owes the faithful clear teaching on moral issues, not vague or political statements.

  • Posted by: Defender - Apr. 18, 2013 11:09 AM ET USA

    Interesting how the archbishop said, " bill creates an immigration system that restores the rule of law in a humane and just manner.” Obviously, the rule of law is not now present? Or has it just been ignored? Amnesty during the Reagan Administration allowed over two million people to become citizens and here we are again. I would ask the bishops why they haven't spent as much effort with Catholic schools or clamping down on liturgical abuses, etc?