Washington D.C., Feb 13, 2018 / 15:35 pm
As the US Senate begins a debate on immigration, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles said that "Dreamers" should not be used as "bargaining chips" in the political process.
In a column published in Angelus, the archbishop wrote that although he's "encouraged" the government is considering a path to citizenship for nearly 2 million undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children, he thinks their future should not be "tied to broader, more complicated questions about how to fix our broken immigration system."
"To me, it would be unconscionable to allow this moment to pass and risk the humanitarian nightmare of more than a million young people being deported and their families broken up. There is no political goal that could justify such an outcome," Gomez wrote.
The Senate will debate several immigration reform proposals this week.