Denver, Colo., Aug 4, 2011 / 17:59 pm
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said on Aug. 3 that most illegal immigrants are forced to leave their homeland in order to provide a better life for their families.
“Most of the men and women who are here illegally have traveled hundreds even thousands of miles. They have left everything behind, risked their safety and even their lives,” he said.
“They did this, not for their own comfort or selfish needs. They did this to feed their loved ones. To be good mothers and fathers. To be loving sons and daughters.”
Archbishop Gomez made his remarks at the Knight of Columbus' 129th annual convention, this year held in downtown Denver, Colo. from Aug. 2-4.
“Many of you are fathers or mothers,” he told members of the order. “So the question to have to ask yourselves is this: What wouldn’t you do to provide for your loved ones? To feed hungry mouths? To give your children a better future?”
“Our perspective on this issue will change if you begin to see these 'illegals' for who they really are – mothers and fathers, sons and daughters – not much different from yourselves.”
The archbishop said that if everyone in North America traced their genealogies, it would “lead us out beyond our borders to some foreign land where each of our ancestors originally came from.”
“In my personal case, the first members of my family came to what now is Texas in 1805,” he noted.