Speaking for the U.S. bishops, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told the House Judiciary Committee on Jan. 26 that the country should not return to a model of immigration enforcement based on workplace raids. Instead, he urged lawmakers to seek immigration reform that is both humane and just.
'Immigration is ultimately a humanitarian issue, because it impacts the basic human rights and dignity of the human person,' he explained in his written testimony. 'The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops believes that the humanitarian costs of workplace raids are immeasurable, and unacceptable in a civilized society.' Archbishop Gomez chairs the conference's Committee on Migration.