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Archbishop Gomez welcomes committee passage of immigration-reform measure

May 24, 2013

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, the chairman of the Committee on Migration of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 13-5 vote in favor of immigration legislation. The measure will now be considered by the full Senate.

“This is an important step in the legislative process," said Archbishop Gomez. “I applaud Chairman Patrick Leahy and the committee members for their efforts and strong bipartisan cooperation.”

“The path to citizenship should be widened, so that the maximum number of persons can access it and come out of the shadows,” Archbishop Gomez added as he called for amendments to the committee’s legislation. “To leave a large population behind would defeat the purpose of the bill, which is to bring persons into the light so they can become full members of our communities.”


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  • Posted by: Bernadette - Jun. 01, 2013 3:53 PM ET USA

    Archbishop Gomez has a one-track mind: immigration. In the meantime, he has done nothing about catechesis in his diocese, done nothing about the infamous catechetical conference and liturgical abuses such as dancing, deacons dancing in circles with the Book of the Gospels raised high, weird and ugly and frightening puppets on sticks bobbing about, dissenting "theologians" featured at the annual conference. All I ever hear from the archbishop is "immigration, immigration, immigration!"

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jun. 01, 2013 12:01 PM ET USA

    I am almost 58 and I used to be able to understand the English language. It would seem now that my understanding is becoming less and less... It used to mean that an "immigrant" meant someone from another country who entered a land legally... and that an "illegal alien" was someone who had committed a criminal act by entering illegaly. Some people should read their Bible I think, Jhn 10:1 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs...

  • Posted by: R. Spanier (Catholic Canadian) - May. 24, 2013 12:34 PM ET USA

    Would this legislation allow people who hate America's Judeo-Christian heritage to become U.S.A. citizens? "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel..."

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 24, 2013 11:11 AM ET USA

    Amnesty II - how many millions more this time? (In the 1980's, Amnesty was touted as being the end all, guess the government was wrong - again).