SACRAMENTO -- Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez and several other Catholic Church officials in California took time from their retreat in Sacramento on Wednesday to make a push for Congress to keep up the momentum on changes to the country’s immigration laws.
In a gaggle with reporters, Gomez said reform of the country’s immigration laws is “long overdue.”
Gomez, who was joined by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, as well as several bishops from around the state, urged Congress not to delay in passing a bill, saying the bipartisan package of legislation that has come together offers hope for keeping immigrant families together.
“It is not about politics for us,” Gomez said. “It is about people. It is about human rights and human dignity.”
The church officials urged Congress not to put off the effort following the bombings in Boston in which the suspects were immigrants. “We believe the immigration reform should continue,” Cordileone said. “This is the right moment…. We should not allow a tragedy to derail the effort.”