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Important Immigration Vote Soon24 Jun

Bishop José Gomez

As the U. S. Senate prepares to vote on final passage of S.744, the Border Security, Economic Competitiveness, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 – comprehensive immigration reform – Bishop José H. Gomez, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration on Immigration Reform, issued a statement of cautious support.

Continue to contact Senator McConnell and Senator Paul and urge them to support S.744.

Reserving the right to oppose immigration reform later in the process if there are changes that close the door to citizenship, Bishop Gomez writes:

In our view, the overall benefits of this legislation outweigh the adverse impacts of our current system, which relegates millions to living in the shadows and subjects them to family separation, detention, and exploitation.

He also states that the legislation must be improved in the following ways:

1. The path to citizenship should be made more affordable and accessible for undocumented immigrants and their families;
2. Family unity should be enhanced in the legal immigration system;
3. A viable and robust program for low-skilled workers to enter and work legally should be included, with appropriate worker protections;
4. Due process protections, including alternatives to detention, should be restored to the system; and
5. The root causes of migration should be addressed.

You can read his letter here.

Photo: courtesy Archdiocese of Los Angeles

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