.- As the U.S. Senate continues to inch closer to a comprehensive overhaul of the country’s immigration system, as many Catholic bishops have urged, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is warning that faithful need to keep a watchful eye and reject any immoral reform that does not respect the dignity of the human person.
Bishop DiMarzio, head of the Diocese of Brooklyn and a long time consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the subject of immigration, said in his regular column, published Monday, that true reform must be comprehensive, addressing the reasons why people need to come to the U.S. in the first place; must provide a pathway for people to regularize “and come out of the shadows”; and it must aim to protect families, workers and national security alike.
On Monday, a big step toward compromise and reform came as the Senate Judiciary panel sent a bill to the full Senate which would allow many of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants to be granted legal status provided they pay back taxes, hold jobs and pass criminal background checks.
Experts still wonder however, if the bill will make it through the Senate, with politicians on all sides sharply divided.
In his column, published in the Tablet newspaper, Bishop DiMarzio said that “It is time to recognize that immigration is a moral