February 4, 2016

YOU CAN EITHER BE A CHRISTIAN OR A NATIVIST:

The moral urgency of immigration reform (Archbishop José H. Gomez,  January 27, 2016, CNN)

I am not a constitutional scholar or a political leader. But as a pastor I see every day the rising human toll of our failed immigration policies, especially on families and children.

The immigrants in our communities came to this country with hopes and dreams for a better life for their children. They are no different from the generations that came before them, such as the Irish and Italian families depicted in the film "Brooklyn," which is up for an Oscar this year.

Most of the 11 million undocumented people in the U.S. have been here for five years or more. About two-thirds have been here for at least a decade.

This is why our failure to enact comprehensive reforms is so cruel.

Millions right now are living in the shadows of this society in a kind of perpetual limbo, without full human rights and little hope for the future. It is hard to imagine the stress and anxiety they feel -- the constant uncertainty and fear that one day without warning they won't be coming home for dinner and may never see their families again.

The DAPA and DACA programs together would provide immediate relief and peace of mind, no matter how temporary, to up to 5.2 million of these people. About 5.5 million U.S. citizen children could benefit directly from their parents receiving deferred action under the DAPA program.

Right now, U.S. immigration policy betrays our country's founding principles and historic commitment to be a beacon of hope for the peoples of every nation. The common good can never be served by deporting some little girl's dad. A just and compassionate society must not allow this.

Posted by at February 4, 2016 6:05 PM

  

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