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Archbishop Gomez, in congressional testimony, calls for passage of DREAM Act

July 25, 2013

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, testified before a House subcommittee on July 23 and called for the passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.

“This population, most of whom came to the United States with their parents and not on their own volition, is particularly vulnerable, in great need of immigration relief, and is deserving of a chance to pursue the American dream,” Archbishop Gomez said.

“These youth are deserving of a chance to become Americans,” he added. “They want to work hard and pay their way through college or serve in our military and defend American ideals. Giving them a chance for citizenship would reward their hard work, good moral character, education, and service to this country – all American ideals which these youth embody.”


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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jul. 26, 2013 5:52 AM ET USA

    Can we in good conscience add programs for which we really can't pay when our nation's debt is in the trillions?

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jul. 25, 2013 11:33 PM ET USA

    How about if the USCCB and Catholic Charities fund this DREAM Act with the money they get from the government instead of dumping the bills on the taxpayers?