Wednesday, July 22, 2015

We Need Immigration Reform, Now! Archbishop Gomez

At minute 25:25 of yesterday's video below, the end of the press conference introductions of the three bishops-elect of Los Angeles, some journalists asked about immigration reform. Here is how the Archbishop, His Excellency Archbishop José Horacio Gómez answered, indicating the human dignity of every immigrant.

Q.1 On the Church's position regarding the immigration problem.

The position of the Church is the same as it has been for the last 20--30 years, and that is that we are praying and working and asking for a comprehensive immigration reform, NOW!

Our concern is, obviously, the dignity of the human person and the unity of the family. So it is really sometimes sad to see that it has become just a political issue; when it is an issue of, a human issue, an issue of humanity.

The immigrants are, as I have said many times, men, women, children: people, just like us. And we need to find the solution to the broken immigration system that we have in our country. So we are totally committed to continue praying and working for immigration reform.

Q. 2 On Mr. Donald Trump's disparaging remark regarding immigrants.

Well, you know, I'm not a politician. I'm a pastor. So, I just haven't paid too much attention to what he said.

But, obviously, we want everybody to respect the dignity of the human person. Every immigrant that comes to this country is a human person, and deserves respect and consideration because they are just people like us: men and women with families, with children, children that need their parents.

So, we hope that everyone in this country continues to respect the dignity of the human person.
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