"We cannot pass
a law that makes criminals out of 11 to 12 million people," he told a
cheering crowd of hundreds at Milam Park, reported the San Antonio
Express-News. "We must recognize Jesus in the face of all immigrants."
compared the cries of the marchers with the crowds who greeted Jesus as
he arrived in Jerusalem. He reminded the people that this is Holy Week,
the archbishop said the cry today is: "Hosanna! Save us from the pain
tradition has a profound respect for civil law," Fr. Virgil Elizondo a
world authority on Hispanic Catholicism told the Express-News. "But it
also recognizes the fundamental right the hungry and starving have to
questioned charges that immigrants were criminals. "Some say this is
disrespect for the law. That's not it at all," he said. "This is not
about violating civil laws, it is about human rights."
that there is a religious foundation for the demonstrations in Matthew
25, which says that those who welcome the stranger will go to heaven.
speaking in English and Spanish, also cited Matthew 25, reminding
listeners that Jesus said that when you do something for the least of
the people, you are doing it to him.
concluded by reciting the marchers' popular chant: "Si, se puede," or
"Yes, we can," the crowd responded enthusiastically: "Viva el
arzobispo!" or "Long live the archbishop!"
José Gomez of San Antonio took his strongest public stand on
immigration during Monday's downtown demonstration against the current
bill that would criminalize immigrants.