Monday, December 13, 2010

Archbishop Gomez praises DREAM Act progress in House

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez has praised the passage of the DREAM Act in the House of Representatives, and called on the U.S. Senate to also pass the immigration reform measure.

Archbishop Gomez, the chair of the Committee on Migration for the U.S. bishops’ conference and co-adjutor archbishop of Los Angeles, commended the House for its “courageous and historic vote.” He said the legislation would give undocumented young people “a chance to reach their full, God-given potential.”

The bill would allow young people brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents before the age of 16 to apply for legal permanent residence and eventual citizenship as long as they completed two years of higher education or military service.

"We cannot let this moment pass. Our Senators must also pass this important legislation, so that it can be signed into law by the President as soon as possible," the archbishop continued.

According to Archbishop Gomez, the legislation would provide a “fair opportunity” to thousands of deserving young persons who want to become Americans.

"This would not only benefit them, but our country as well. It is the right thing to do, for them and for our nation," he said.

On Dec. 9 the Senate voted not to consider its version of the DREAM Act. This leaves open the possibility of a vote on the House version next week while avoiding any need to reconcile the Senate and House versions of the bill.

If the Senate approves the House version, the bill would go to President Obama for his signature.


  1. With all due respect to His Excellency, but if someone were to sneak their children into Disneyland, we wouldn't blame the children, but we would still (rightly) kick them out and ask them to please come in through the front gate.

  2. The US isn't Disneyland. People migrate here escaping hunger and all sorts of perscution.
    If someone sat at the door of Disney sick and hungry, I hope you'd care for them enough to feed and nurse then.

  3. I am very proud to finally hear from the Catholic Church and one of her Archbishops take a public stand on this issue after remaining silence all this time. I love the Catholic Church and would like to see it more involved in not only moral and spiritual issues but social ones too. We must live and project our faith in out daily lives and that is the social aspect of our faith. Good for Archbishop Gomez.

  4. Fix the fence FIRST!
    We dont need another 13 million illegals being motivated to come here with the freebies.

  5. If this Bishop cared about the common good, he would strongly encourage securing our border by fencing and US and Mexican militaries to stop drugs and crime from comming into the US, guns from going into Mexico.

  6. The DREAM ACT has nothing to do with Catholic Church DOCTRINE.

    The illegal immigrants in the US from Mexico are not victims of mass starvation, mass genocide, or mass religious prosecution - Just reasons.

    Pope John XXIII's Encyclical Letter PACEM IN TERRIS (April 11, 1963) - "Every human being has the right of freedom of movement and residence within the confines of his own country; and, when there are just reasons for it, the right to emigrate to other countries and take up residence there".
    Further, per the CCC immigrants must obey the law of their adopted Country - including immigration laws.

    Each immigrant currently has the right to apply for US citizens if it is his/her desire.

  7. Abp Gomez is in charge of one of the largest Diocese in the US.

    I noticed in other articles that:
    Catholic Universities in the Abp's Diocese need direction and over-sight from him regarding homosexual clubs;
    that Seminaries and Catholic Universities in the State need Bishops to require that the "CCC 2nd Ed" be used as a student text;
    that RCIA programs in his Diocese parishes need to be improved to conform with the CCC;
    that all Catholic politicians from his Diocese need to be instructed on Scandal, Heresy and the Mortal sin of complaisancy regarding abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality etc, and in the Church's teachings on Subsidiarity, and against Socialism;
    that his Catholic schools need to improve their Catholic catechesis to strictly conform to the CCC;
    to watch State and Federal legislation to insure that there is no interference with the saving of souls and the fundamental rights of All men according to the Gospel;
    to be concerned about Local, State and Federal indebtedness as it negatively affects Families, Elderly and Unemployed.

    Doesn't seem like any US Bishop after taking care of his own obligations would have time to promote personal political beliefs - that are not part of the Doctrine of the Faith as defined in the "CCC 2nd Ed".

  8. The Bishop must set the example for his Diocese for obedience to the Magesterium. Hint, hint.

    See the "Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition #2245 & 2246.

    The Church is not to be confused in anyway with the political community.
    The Church is only to pass moral judgements in politics when the Salvation of Souls or the Fundamental Rights of ALL men requires it. The ONLY means she may use are those which are in accord with the Gospel.

    The Dream Act does not qualify.

    A lesson not only for individual Bishops, but the USCCB as well.

    Further due to our debt load to Communist China and others, we are now a debtor nation, not a prosperous nation.