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Cardinal Dolan: Wall Street Journal op-ed on immigration

October 24, 2013

In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed on immigration, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York trumpeted diocesan efforts to assist immigrants and suggested that immigration reform would help “Americanize” immigrants.

“With help from the Church and other institutions, our country has done a remarkable job of transforming immigrants from other shores into Americans, helping them become full members of our culture and communities,” he wrote.

“Comprehensive immigration reform is the way to continue this success,” he added. “By bringing the undocumented out of the shadows and giving them a chance to earn citizenship, we'd remove barriers to their immersion. This would allow them to participate in our society and develop talents and skills without inhibition, to the benefit of our culture. Without such changes, we’ll remain a two-tiered society with a permanent underclass, a departure from the core democratic principles of our country.”


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  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Oct. 30, 2013 10:00 PM ET USA

    Why this push for COMPREHENSIVE reform? we know we have a problem that needs to be addressed: why not one solid BI-partisan step-at-a-time? The recent history of anything "comprehensive" coming out of Washington is a nightmare.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Oct. 24, 2013 6:36 PM ET USA

    I am so proud of our Church when bishops speak out in defense of the immigrant. They are the face of Christ to others.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Oct. 24, 2013 5:59 PM ET USA

    This Op Ed by Dolan ought to go a long way in insuring that the Catholic Bishops continue to get government funding from the Obama Administration.