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Migration Committee Chair Expresses Support For Alabama Bishops’ Efforts To Reverse Unjust State Immigration Law

 
September 8, 2011
Archbishop Gomez calls federal authorities to enact comprehensive immigration reform
Reform should balance rule of law with humanitarian principles

WASHINGTON— The chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration, Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, has released a statement in support of efforts by the Alabama Catholic bishops and other religious leaders to turn back a new State of Alabama immigration law which would threaten the ministry of the Church.

The Catholic Church provides pastoral and social services to all persons, regardless of their immigration status,” Archbishop Gomez said in his September 8 statement. “Our mandate is to provide for the pastoral and social care of all of God’s children.Government should not infringe upon that duty, as America’s founding fathers made clear in the U.S. Constitution.”

Archbishop Gomez also called the Administration and Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform “that balances the rule of law with humanitarian principles.”

Full text of statement follows.

 

Statement of Archbishop José H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles
Chairman, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration
September 8, 2011
 
State of Alabama Immigration Law
 

On behalf of the U.S. Catholic bishops, I offer my solidarity with and support to Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi, archbishop of Mobile, AL, and Bishop Robert J. Baker, bishop of Birmingham, AL,—in close collaboration with other religious leaders of the State—in their efforts to turn back a State law which would threaten the ministry of the Church in Alabama to undocumented immigrants.

The Catholic Church provides pastoral and social services to all persons, regardless of their immigration status.Our mandate is to provide for the pastoral and social care of all of God’s children.Government should not infringe upon that duty, as America’s founding fathers made clear in the U.S. Constitution.

As chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, I again call upon the Administration and Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform.Our nation is in great need for a federal solution to the challenge of illegal immigration, one that balances the rule of law with humanitarian principles.

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Keywords: Alabama, immigration, immigration law, Archbishop José Gomez, Migration and Refugee Services, Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi, Bishop Robert J. Baker, USCCB




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