Washington D.C., Jan 14, 2017 / 06:01 am
The upcoming inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump has raised questions about the future of immigration reform, but the nation's Catholic bishops remain hopeful.
"We also find it important that we engage the present incoming administration," Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, said Jan. 12. "We think it is highly important that we as bishops make known what is taking place in our country and how to address those possibilities."
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the U.S. bishops' conference president, even voiced confidence.
"I actually think this may be a very good time to pursue all the goals that we've had all along," Cardinal DiNardo said. "This is a new moment, with a new Congress, a new administration. And therefore we should up our expectations and move very carefully, but clearly, on comprehensive immigration reform."