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Cardinal criticizes House Republicans over failure to vote on immigration reform

Catholic World News - February 19, 2014

Cardinal Roger Mahony has criticized the leadership of the House of Representatives for failing to hold a vote on immigration reform legislation. The Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act in a 68-32 vote in June.

“The Senate-passed Bill is in the House, and many predict that if that Bill were brought to the floor of the House today, it would pass,” the retired archbishop of Los Angeles wrote recently. “But apparently, the Republicans won't move a Bill to the floor unless a majority of their party would vote for it. That is really tragic.”

“The inability of Congress to fix the broken immigration system is not only a major public scandal for our country, but a moral and ethical failure,” he continued. “During the dark days of the Great Recession, when farmers could not get enough farm workers to harvest the crops, did you see other unemployed Americans lining up to pick strawberries, peaces, and apples? No, because they can’t and won’t do that type of work--for any salary.”

“We all need to urge our House Representative to insist on a vote on the Senate Bill before them; and to halt these delaying tactics which are taking such a terrible burden upon our immigrant brothers and sisters,” he concluded.

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  • Posted by: ZIP5DO@aol.com - Feb. 20, 2014 2:59 PM ET USA

    Mahoney is at it again. He was part of the reason for the huge payouts the LA diocese must pay due to the sex abuse scandals. He failed. Now he wants to bankrupt everyone else with so called "immigration" reform which is nothing more than amnesty.

  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 19, 2014 6:39 PM ET USA

    Cardinal, just run for Congress this year if you want to be a politician. You will see how much support there is for your proposed policies and your qualifications.

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Feb. 19, 2014 10:06 AM ET USA

    Fortunately, nobody listens to Cdl Mahony anymore, he blew his credibility long ago.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Feb. 19, 2014 5:44 AM ET USA

    Hizzeminence sure knows how to muddle an issue. Is he talking about the Great Depression? Or something else? During the Depression of the 1930s, my grandparents picked plenty of strawberries, and I imagine it was for whatever "salary" (the correct term here is "wages") they could get. Americans absolutely would do that work, if the wages were able to support a family. The Cardinal desperately needs a clue...actually several: One about faith, one about economics, labor, morality, ethics...

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