April 28, 2013

NEIGHBOR LOVE:

To Walk Together... (Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., April 28 - May 11, 2013, Catholic New World)

When I was Bishop of Yakima, Wash., a small diocese in the Northwest with an economy dependent on harvesting fruits and vegetables, many workers would regularly come up from Mexico, work most of the year in Washington State and then return to Mexico for a month or so. The borders were porous, for we needed their labor on the farms and in construction. We failed to enforce our own laws. Those who are here now are our neighbors and friends, and our economy still depends upon many of them. If they are forced to leave, they will not be able to return for 10 years, their families will be abandoned and all of us will suffer.

Bipartisan legislation introduced last week in Congress by eight Senators reflects many of the provisions that the bishops have been asking for these past 15 years. T[...]

No law is perfect, but this is a good start. It restores due process protections and weeds out criminals, for there are dishonest people born elsewhere as there are dishonest people born here. It provides a path to citizenship and supports families and children. It will help us to live and walk together more justly and peacefully.

Posted by at April 28, 2013 9:30 AM
  

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