Statements on Immigration Proposal

Continuing the Catholic Church’s longstanding commitment to immigration and immigrants, Archbishop Jose Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and the chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration, released a statement of welcome for the immigration reform legislation introduced in the Senate today, and pledged that the bishops would carefully examine the bill and work with Congress to ensure that any final measure respects the dignity and basic human rights of migrants.

Here is an excerpt:

The introduction of U.S. Senate bipartisan legislation to reform the U.S. immigration system was welcomed by Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, April 17. Archbishop Gomez also pledged that the U.S. bishops would carefully examine the legislation and work with Congress to ensure that any final measure respects the basic human rights and dignity of migrants.

“I welcome the introduction of legislation today in the U.S. Senate,” Archbishop Gomez said. “The U.S. bishops look forward to carefully examining the legislation and working with Congress to fashion a final bill that respects the basic human rights and dignity of newcomers to our land—migrants, refugees, and other vulnerable populations.”

Click here  to read the whole press release on the USCCB website.


Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, also released a statement to the press today.

Here is his statement:

“We are hopeful that the filing of a bipartisan Senate bill on immigration seems, after many years, to make comprehensive immigration reform a real possibility. We appreciate the hard work of the group of Senators and others that has made this possible. We note with special pride and recognition the work of so many Catholic organizations and the leadership of the Bishops on this issue. While we are hopeful and supportive, the bill is complex and requires careful analysis. There will be opposition. We look forward to making suggestions for improving the bill to even better reflect our longstanding concerns for family unification, a fair, legal immigration system, protections for temporary workers, effective, yet humane border security and due process in enforcement. We look forward to working in partnership with many to ensure that this reform happens for a straightforward reason—concern for the common good of the nation and the well-being of individual immigrants and their families.”

Click here to learn how Catholic Charities is helping immigrants and their families.

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3 Responses to “Statements on Immigration Proposal”

  1. PPL should RESPECT the LAWS of a COUNTRY. STEALING a citizenship is against the 5th Commandment and RELIGIOUS entities SHOULD teach and examplify THIS!

  2. I agree legislation needs to be passed to address the immigration situation. However, in light of the recent Boston attacks, more caution and analysis is needed. I sense that there is a bit of a rush to pass “something”. Prudence tells us to be mindeful of the safety and security of us all. Slowing down is the best and balnced approach.

  3. Jason C says:

    Your Eminence,

    I am an Italian Catholic and an attorney. My issue with illegal immigration is that, unlike my ancestors, who arrived here through Ellis Island legally, and with the full blessing of the U.S. Government, illegal immigrants broke the law to enter this country. While I am aware that we must do something about this problem, we need to ensure that if we legalize 11 million illegal immigrants, we will not be having this same debate 10 years from now about another 11 million who have arrived since then.

    Either we are a country of laws, or we are not. If what we need to do is admit more legal immigrants, then we should do that. I like the idea of admitting immigrants who can show they are educated or possess a useful skill, but there is no country on Earth that allows the entry of a mass number of uneducated, impoverished people with no skills or desire to assimilate. Even Mexico itself has harsher policies than we do, let alone Canada.

    In my opinion, an illegal immigrant demanding amnesty is the equivalent of a non-Catholic receiving communion without permission, and then demanding loudly that he does not like the taste of the wine. This immigration reform bill is the equivalent of the priest stopping Mass and saying, “I’m sorry you don’t like the wine, Sir. May I interest you in another selection?”

    The other issue is the fact that it is no secret that Latino immigrants, like many immigrants before them, tend to vote Democratic. In the past, the Democratic Party was traditionally Catholic. This seems to be no longer the case. Does the Church really want to see this Party, which constantly pushes for the legalization of homosexual marriage, the destruction of the traditional family, permanent free and easy access to abortion through the 3rd trimester, and a healthcare plan which forces Catholics to violate the tenets of their own faith, to have a stranglehold on political power in this country? How does that support the future of our own Church?