Washington D.C., Jan 19, 2016 / 16:44 pm
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on an immigration enforcement case will affect many immigrants in the U.S., and the Los Angeles archbishop says the court should rule on the side of humanity.
"I cannot speak to the constitutional questions in this case. I speak as a pastor. And as a pastor, I know that the situation is unjust and intolerable for millions of people who are forced to live in the shadows of our great country," Archbishop Jose Gomez said Jan. 19.
"People do not cease to be our brothers and sisters because they have an irregular immigration status. No matter how they got here, no matter how frustrated we are with our government, we cannot lose sight of their humanity – without losing our own."
The Supreme Court will rule on the State of Texas' challenge to President Obama's immigration program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. Under the program, as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants who are the parents of citizens or lawful permanent residents could apply for work permits and avoid deportation.