"Immigration remains a difficult issue and it is made even more difficult by the polarization of our politics. It is no secret that both parties and activist groups on either side 'benefit' by the present gridlock," the archbishop continued.
He said there is reluctance on all sides to seeking common ground, and a seeming willingness to "leave the issue unresolved, even if that means people continue to suffer - all for the sake of not 'giving the other side a win'."
"No one should be naïve about this reality. But we should not accept this reality, either," he said, saying that the situation is a sign of a deeply unhealthy phenomenon in democracy when all sides
Archbishop Gomez said that the current administration is continuing the policy under President Obama, who deported nearly 3 million people.
"President Trump seems intent on deporting even more," added the archbishop. "But deportation alone is not an immigration policy."
He said criminals who threaten the safety of communities should be deported, but the "wide net" of the government is catching "a lot of good people - ordinary moms and dads who have been in this country for decades; young people starting their careers; small-business owners."
According to Archbishop Gomez, there is not enough trust to achieve comprehensive immigration reform, a longtime goal of the U.S. bishops. He suggested a slow, piecemeal approach may be more constructive.
His outline for immigration reform included security concerns, but he said that a well-functioning visa system would be the best "border wall."
With appropriate tracking, such a system would ensure enough visas for agricultural and construction workers, for service workers and unskilled labor, as well as for hi-tech and other professional jobs. Non-ministerial religious workers also need to be included in a visa system.
The archbishop's column follows soon after prominent comments from Pope Francis.
On Aug. 21 the Vatican released the Pope's message for the 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, to be observed by the Catholic Church on Jan. 14.
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"Collective and arbitrary expulsions of migrants and refugees are not suitable solutions, particularly where people are returned to countries which cannot guarantee respect for human dignity and fundamental rights," Pope Francis said, stressing the need to increase access to humanitarian visas and to reunite separated families.
Pope Francis cited the words of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who in his own message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees in 2007 said the family is "a place and resource of the culture of life and a factor for the integration of values."
Francis stressed support for family reunification, including grandparents, grandchildren and siblings, "independent of financial requirements." He urged greater assistance for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees with disabilities.
Other backers of DACA youth include the Catholic bishops of Nebraska. On Aug. 29, they said these young people have become "contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes."
"To the DACA youth here in Nebraska, please know that the Catholic Church stands in solidarity with you," said the bishops of the Nebraska Catholic Conference. "It is our desire to accompany you in the anxieties and fears you face through this journey."