Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles,
Chairman, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop's Committee on Migration
Statement given at the USCCB General Assembly Fall meeting on November 13, 2012.
In light of the unprecedented bipartisan support for comprehensive
immigration reform expressed during the last week, I call upon President Obama
and congressional leadership to work together to enact bipartisan comprehensive
immigration reform in 2013.
I am heartened by the recent public statements of the leaders of both
political parties supporting the consideration of comprehensive immigration
reform in the new Congress.I urge the
President and Congress to seize the moment and begin the challenging process of
fashioning a bipartisan agreement.
For decades, the U.S. Catholic bishops have advocated for a just and
humane reform of our nation's immigration system.We have witnessed the family separation,
exploitation, and the loss of life caused by the current system.Millions of persons remain in the shadows,
without legal protection and marginalized from society.As a moral matter, this suffering must end.
I invite our fellow Catholics and others of good will to make their
voices heard in support of this important issue.I encourage our elected officials to work
toward the creation of a system which upholds the rule of law, preserves family
unity, and protects the human rights and dignity of the person.