Monday, June 10, 2013

Archbishop Gomez's Statement on Immigration

As Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Committee on Migration, the Archbishop has released a new statement on immigration reform that is both concise and insightful.

The bottom line from the document:

Without positive change to our immigration laws, we cannot help our brothers and sisters. Simply put, the status quo is morally unacceptable. This suffering must end.


Our nation has a stark choice. We can continue on our current path, which employs an immigration system that does not serve the rule of law or the cause of human rights, or we can create a system which honors both principles. We can maintain a system that fosters illegal behavior and undermines the law, or fashion one that provides incentives for legal behavior and is based upon fairness and opportunity.

Our nation must answer several questions.

Do we want a country with a permanent underclass, without the same rights as the majority?

Do we want to continue to separate children from parents, creating a generation of young U.S. citizens who are suspicious and fearful of their government?

Do we want a nation that accepts the toil and taxes of undocumented workers without offering them the protection of the law?

The answer to these questions, of course, is a resounding no.
If you have not, dear reader, critically evaluated the views on immigration that you have inherited from whatever party, tribe or clique to which you might belong this might be a good time to do so.

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