United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are for Legal Immigration Reformby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Oct. 29, 2013, under 2013 Arizona Elections, 2014 elections, 2016 Presidential Elections, chicano vote, Hispanic Latino Vote, Immigration Reform, Legal Immigration Reform, Mexican-Americans and Chicanos are patriotic, Social Justice
Recognizing the importance of engaging Congress on issues of interest related to immigration, refugees, and human trafficking, both bishops and Conference leadership at times testify on Capitol Hill. You will find on this page links to Congressional testimony of this sort.
In fact, you can see this Testimony of Most Reverend Archbishop Gomez Before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, give on February 12, 2013.
We want to give a heartfelt thank you to the Catholic Religion for their leadership today for participating with the 600 Conservative leaders who urged United States Congressional action on Immigration Reform. We know that Immigration Reform is protected by the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution and those who participated with the 600 Conservatives leaders include but not limited to the below conveners:
Americans for Tax Reform – Bipartisan Policy Center – Bread for the World – Christian Community Development Association – Consumer Electronics Association – Engine Advocacy – Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention – ImmigrationWorksUSA – Liberty Counsel Action – Marriott International – McDonald’s – Microsoft – National Association of Evangelicals – National Association of Manufacturers – National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference – National Latino Evangelical Coalition – National Restaurant Association – Republicans for Immigration Reform – Sojourners – United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – U.S. Travel Association – World Relief
Here is an excerpt of Archbishop Jose Gomez’s testimony delivered before the Senate Judiciary Committee On Comprehensive Immigration Reform:
I am Archbishop Jose Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, CA, and chairman of the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration. I testify today on behalf
of the Committee of Migration on the Catholic Church’s perspective on comprehensive
Mr. Chairman, I am pleased to have the opportunity to testify today on this important topic. I
would like to thank Chairman Patrick Leahy, and Ranking Minority Member Grassley for
holding this hearing on an issue that is of such vital importance to our nation.
We are hopeful that today’s hearing marks the beginning of a process that will result in swift
enactment of comprehensive immigration reform. Our nation cannot wait any longer to repair
our broken immigration system, which does not accommodate the migration realities we face in
our nation today, or respect the basic human rights of migrants who come to this nation in search
of employment for themselves and their children.
In order to achieve real reform, the Obama Administration and Congress must work together on
a comprehensive package that would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented migrants
and their families in the U.S., provide legal means for migrants to enter our nation to work and
support their families, and reform the system whereby immigrants come to the United States to
reunite with close family members. We also must restore due process protections to
immigrants, many of which were taken away under the Illegal Immigration Reform and
Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. Perhaps most importantly, the United States must work
with Mexico and other nations to address the root causes of migration, so that migrants and their
families may have a greater opportunity to remain in their homelands and can live in dignity.
Mr. Chairman, in January 2003, the U.S. and Mexican Catholic bishops issued a historic joint
pastoral letter on the issue of migration entitled Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey
of Hope. Among its many recommendations, it outlines the elements which the bishops of both
nations believe are necessary to reform U.S. and Mexican immigration policy in a
comprehensive and just manner.
My testimony today will focus on many of the recommendations contained in the U.S.-Mexican
bishops’ joint letter.
Specifically, my testimony recommends that Congress—
Enact comprehensive immigration reform legislation that provides a path to citizenship
for undocumented workers in our nation; reforms the employment-based immigration
system so that low-skilled workers can enter and work in a safe, legal, orderly, and
humane manner; and reduces backlogs and waiting times in the family preference system
so families can be reunited.
Examine the “push” factors of migration, such as international economic policies, and
enact policies that encourage sustainable economic development, especially in sending