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US bishops rue failure of DREAM Act

December 22, 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement lamenting the failure of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act in the Senate. A 55-41 cloture vote fell five votes short of the 60 needed to end a filibuster on the issue. The measure, which had passed in the House of Representatives by a 216-198 margin, would allow children of illegal immigrants to seek citizenship under certain conditions.

“With the passage of the DREAM Act in the House of Representatives and with a majority of the U.S. Senate voting in favor, it is clear that a majority of Congress and of the American public support this common-sense humanitarian measure,” said Coadjutor Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the USCCB committee on migration. “The US Catholic bishops will continue to advocate for humane immigration reform, so that we can attain an immigration system that properly balances the need to protect our national sovereignty with our obligation to honor fundamental human rights.”

“More education is needed to ensure that Catholics, as well as all Americans, fully understand the humanitarian consequences of a broken immigration system, especially on families,” he added.

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  • Posted by: Obregon - Dec. 22, 2010 11:48 PM ET USA

    The Us>. Bishops are sad the Dreeam Act did not pass, but most of us, Most Roman Catholics are not upset it didn't pass, not because we don't believe in human rights, but because the bishops have not convinced most of us that helping illegal aliens to remain illegal, is somehow a fulfillment of Catholic social teaching.

  • Posted by: Bernadette - Dec. 22, 2010 8:02 PM ET USA

    Where were the bishops when DADT was repealed? Here we have a "psychological disorder" whereby countless homosexuals are given a pass to perform intrinsically immoral acts on one another, endangering their health and lives, and those of others,not to mention their immortal souls - and we hear NOTHING from our bishops on this! Nothing! "Something is rotten" in the USCCB. Too many "good ol' boys" still around? On the other hand, immigration is the preferred issue.

  • Posted by: jdieterich616502 - Dec. 22, 2010 10:56 AM ET USA

    This really is a shame, and even moreso considering that the DADT Repeal was passed. These children are innocent victims, and had no choice in their being brought here. The system needs to be fixed, desperately.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Dec. 22, 2010 9:49 AM ET USA

    For me, the failure of the DREAM Act is a dream come true.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Dec. 22, 2010 8:09 AM ET USA

    Darn the luck, another failed attempt to weaken our national sovereignity and advance the Hispanic supremacist agenda of the National Council of La Raza!