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US bishops praise House passage of DREAM Act

December 13, 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has praised the House of Representatives for passing the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The measure, which passed by a 216-198 margin, would allow children of illegal immigrants to seek citizenship under certain conditions.

“I commend the House of Representatives for their courageous and historic vote to give undocumented young persons a chance to reach their full, God given potential,” said Archbishop Jose Gomez, coadjutor archbishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration. “We cannot let this moment pass. Our Senators must also pass this important legislation, so that it can be signed into law by the President as soon as possible.”

“The DREAM Act would provide thousands of deserving young persons who desire to become Americans a fair opportunity to do so,” he added. “This would not only benefit them, but our country as well. It is the right thing to do, for them and for our nation.”

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  • Posted by: unum - Dec. 14, 2010 9:42 AM ET USA

    Is Abp. Gomez a registered lobbyist since he is lobbying the members of the Senate for specific legislation? I thought that legislative advocacy was the obligation of the laity in each state. Since the bishops have never bothered to teach about the moral principles involved in the DREAM Act, I asked my Senators to vote against it on political grounds.

  • Posted by: phineas - Dec. 13, 2010 9:39 PM ET USA

    The Lib/Prog/Soc bishops, still in the majority despite outstanding selections by Pope Benedict, used to be referred to as the "Democratic Party at prayer." I wonder about the prayer part.

  • Posted by: sarsok8679 - Dec. 13, 2010 9:36 PM ET USA

    The bishops are just another Democrat entity. They rely just like other democrats on the generosity of others and make pronouncements on citizens who can ill afford more taxes on behalf of people who are illegally here and should be deported. If I recall, charity is suppose to be given freely and not forced because the Church wishes it so. The illegals already get a free Catholic education, whereas I could barely afford it. I was the working poor and never got a break.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 13, 2010 9:01 PM ET USA

    Two HUGE problems: 1. How can our Catholic leaders insist on moral rules and laws, then insist that we REWARD "preferred" groups for their parents illegal actions? Does law matter or not? 2. Why do we encourage these "young, energetic" people--mostly Hispanic--when we happily ignore and even frown upon their counterparts--American whites--who're trying to live moral lives? Can we be shocked at the state of the nation's morals when minorities are encouraged to ignore law when convenient?

  • Posted by: mjmallinger3379 - Dec. 13, 2010 7:56 PM ET USA

    The "Dream Act" is nothing more than another Progressive boondoggle to break the bank, and take us another step down the road to Socialism (or,Fascism without the racist overtones). Where in the Bible or any doctrinal statements of the Church, does it say that it's appropriate for the the free citizens of a country to become dependent upon the State. Likewise, where does it say a country acts inappropriately in protecting it's own borders from the invasion of illegal aliens.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Dec. 13, 2010 7:39 PM ET USA

    Very badly misguided, and misguiding to the laity. These children of illegal immigrants have received a very valuable education and have enjoyed the relative peace and safety of life in the United States; that is, much more than the actions of their parents justly deserved. The just outcome for them is to return now to their families' country of origin, with their parents, and use their experience of life in the U.S. to build better societies there.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 13, 2010 10:22 AM ET USA

    If they really understood what this piece of garbage was about, they would step back and say 'no thank you'. However, they don't seem to care that there is no way to pay for it and it opens the flood gates for more. They don't care that it is a back door amnesty program. I wonder if they really read it.Dear Bishops-please stay out of what you don't understand and undermine the Sovereignty of our Country. We need to close loopholes, not open them up. As kids use to say; Mind Your Own Business!!