Archbishop Gomez on Immigration Policy

Last week, Archbishop José H. Gomez addressed delegates at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention in Denver, Colorado. He spoke about the immigration policy in America. I thought you might want to read Archbishop Gomez’s remarks.

Here’s an excerpt:

From a Catholic standpoint, America’s founders got it exactly right. Human rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are universal and inalienable. They come from God, not governments. And these rights are not contingent on where you are born or what racial or ethnic group you are born into.

The human right to life, the foundation of every other right, implies the natural right to emigrate. Because in order for you and your family to live a life worthy of your God-given dignity, certain things are required. At minimum: food, shelter, clothing, and the means to make a decent living.

If you and your family are unable to secure life’s necessities in your home country – due to political instability, economic distress, religious persecution, or other conditions that offend basic human dignity — you must be free to seek these things in another country.

Click here to read his whole speech.

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9 Responses to “Archbishop Gomez on Immigration Policy”

  1. hanh says:

    I have such a hard time with Archbishop Gomez’s speech. He acknowledged the rights and needs to control our border, but then proceeded to waive all that away because the illegal immigrants were desperate. According to the Archbishop, only desperate people would violate immigration law, but if they are desperate, then in our mercy, we should not enforce the law. What’s the point then to have immigration laws if we should not enforce them against the people who would violate them? Did the US government not offer amnesty eight times already? I don’t mean to ignore the suffering of these desperate people, but at what point does mercy become injustice to the law-abiding citizens of this and other countries?

  2. Frank Gotchy says:

    A Hispanic bishop wants immigration reform for Hispanic immigrants. How about for those suffering in Darfur? How about Chinese under communist oppression?

  3. Jack Ellis says:

    Archbishop José H. Gomez seems to have no respect for the laws of the United States – he argues that desperate people in any country have some type of right to crash in to our country. It’s just a short step from this terrible line of reasoning to incite poor people in US cities to break in to the homes of middle class and upper middle class citizens to “share”/loot their wealth and property.

    Archbishop José H. Gomez doesn’t acknowledge the fact that Mexico is on an international scale – a prosperous country – rich in natural resources. The richest man in the world – Carlos Slim is Mexican. But the rich Mexican elite doesn’t want to help their poor Mestizo population, preferring to simply export their poor, unskilled, uneducated population to the United States where they are supposed to be entitled to free housing, free medical care, free public school education. Sorry Archbishop Gomez – this isn’t what America is all about. We have laws than need to be enforced and will be enforced.

  4. Lynn says:

    This is why I no longer attend Catholic church, despite 12 years of Catholic schooling. Sure, people have the right to emigrate. But sovereign nations also have the right to choose their immigrants and the obligation to protect their citizenry. I have never in my life thought of myself as a gringo or an anglo, but thanks to massive hispanic immigration, I hear the term regularly, including on PBS. Those terms are not terms of endearment. They are used with derision. In California, Hispanic politicians openly speak of the “last gasp of the white man” and openly applaud and encourage white flight from California. As a result, California is now 40% white. But here is why the Catholic church is so wrong. It shows no concerns for the rights of the US citizen not to be preyed upon. Immigrants come here and demand free housing, free healthcare, foodstamps, quotas, affirmative action. They hyphenate themselves and think of the white population as their enemy. They support the transfer of wealth from whites to them. When the Bishops speak up against this, then maybe I will heed their message and rethink immigration. But as long as today’s immigrants, legal and illegal, teach their children to hate white people and Western culture, then I, like anyone who believes in the right of self-preservation, reserve the right to say no to these interlopers.

    The message of the Catholic church to white people appears to be “commit suicide please.” Thanks but no thanks. I choose life and I choose safety and I choose harmony. And living amongst people who hate me does not bring me peace.

  5. Dave says:

    Archbishop Gomez needs to be reminded about what Pius XII had to say about the evils of raising materialistic concerns over all others in LE PELERINAGE DE LOURDES, a section of which is reproduced here:

    “45. But the world, which today affords so many justifiable reasons for pride and hope, is also undergoing a terrible temptation to materialism which has been denounced by Our Predecessors and Ourselves on many occasions.

    46. This materialism is not confined to that condemned philosophy which dictates the policies and economy of a large segment of mankind. It rages also in a love of money which creates ever greater havoc as modern enterprises expand, and which, unfortunately, determines many of the decisions which weigh heavy on the life of the people. It finds expression in the cult of the body, in excessive desire for comforts, and in flight from all the austerities of life. It encourages scorn for human life, even for life which is destroyed before seeing the light of day.

    47. This materialism is present in the unrestrained search for pleasure, which flaunts itself shamelessly and tries, through reading matter and entertainments, to seduce souls which are still pure. It shows itself in lack of interest in one’s brother, in selfishness which crushes him, in justice which deprives him of his rights – in a word, in that concept of life which regulates everything exclusively in terms of material prosperity and earthly satisfactions.”

    Isn’t Archbishop Gomez raising the material needs of Latin Americans over all other concerns, and placing crushing burdens on otherwise very charitable white christian americans? As just two of the many burdens placed on whites the government has instituted a system of affirmative action that favors latin american immigrants over white males in this country. Why exactly should superior white male applicants for a job be discriminated against in favor of a recent latin immigrant? What historic grievance do latin americans have against whites? Second, many white couples are delaying having children for economic reasons while the government is giving illegals 40K deliveries free of charge and paid for in many instances by the white couples delaying having children. Where is the justice in that?

    It also need be said that the RCC is playing into the hands of globalist plutocrats who are always seeking the cheapest wage through international wage arbitrage. Archbishop Gomez must know that illegals working under the table are undercutting whites and destroying the ability of whites to earn a living wage.

  6. Larry says:

    The Catechism also says that a country has an obligation to take in those seeking a better life, but that obligation is conditioned on the host country’s ability to assimilate the newcomers according to the common good. It goes on to say that the host country has the right to make laws regulating intake, and that immigrants have an obligation to obey the laws and respect the culture of the host country. If you’re here illegally, you’re certainly not obeying the laws or respecting the culture. Doesn’t heresy consist of the overemphasis of one particular truth to the detriment or total exclusion of other counterbalancing truths? Those citizens who favor LEGAL immigration are constantly being accused of ignoring part of the Church’s social teaching, when in fact it is the proponents of ILLEGAL immigration who are picking-and-choosing which teachings they will emphasize to the exclusion of others. Those of us who believe immigrants should play by the rules are the ones who accept ALL the teachings of the Church–not those who advocate ceaseless amnesty for wave after wave of illegals.

  7. AndyP/Doria2 says:

    Let me first say that I agree with those who say we should fix the border problem. That being said, I may not see the time when Americans will be thankful for this influx of people. My children will but I won’t.

    A dichotomy? For sure but these folks and their children are going to pay our retirements. The Boomers are the largest (and most self centered I might add) generation ever to retire all at once in American history.

    One problem though. We didn’t reproduce in sufficient numbers and now the money for our retirement isn’t there. There’s not enough people behind us to pay for what we call our entitlements. The people who are coming north haven’t been stricken by the diabolical contraceptive, abort at all coasts mentality that permeates America today. Children to them are a blessing not a curse as we moderns perceive them.

    Blessed Pope John Paul II while addressing the Italian Parliament once said, and I obviously paraphrase, “You people have to have babies!!” Italians are not reproducing themselves and just as the rest of Europe goes, Muslims will be a sizable majority within the next century because as we consider South American immigrants a problem at least they assimilate. The problem in Europe is that they are experiencing the same thing we are but their new neighbors will be Muslims who do not assimilate.

    Our “interlopers” as some bigots will call them bring with them another thing. Our Lady of Gudalupe and a Catholic faith that is revitalizing many a parish in America. This also will be a blessing in the future.

    So I repeat, while something should be done about our leaking borders, I don’t see this as the disaster that some do in this country. It just may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

    They want their own laws and customs. It’s happening all over Europe.

  8. Pat Kittle says:

    Overpopulation?

    The Pope insists, “No problemo!”

    So let’s all start telling the Vatican to open it own dang borders if it honestly believes that.

    Hey Ratzinger, it’s about time you guys demonstrated SOME integrity, isn’t it?

  9. Irene says:

    As a New Yorker blessed to live in the “City of Immigrants” (like the Steve Earle song says), Archbishop Gomez’ pitch isn’t a hard sell. Even aside from the fact that Jesus always stood with the marginalized, which should be good enough for me, the many, many immigrants in my community and parish have been nothing but a positive. Doesn’t matter to me if they had all the paperwork when they came or not.