The Viatorian Community supports Archbishop José Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles — the nation’s largest and most culturally and socially diverse Catholic community — and chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, in his call for a moratorium on deportations.
The General Board of Church & Society of the United Methodist Church, takes it a step further. They encourage the general public to call President Obama and demand a ban to all arrests, detainments and deportations of undocumented children. Read details here.
With nearly 2 million people deported since 2008 — including 1,100 deported every day — and nearly a half million more locked up in immigration detention centers, Archbishop Gomez says it’s time to establish a moratorium on any further deportations or immigration raids and arrests, except in cases of violent criminals.
“These are the millions of young men and women who were brought to this country illegally or are living in the homes of undocumented parents,” Archbishop Gomez said on ADLA, the media resource for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “It’s cruel, and it serves no purpose, to keep denying these kids any legal status.
“They’ve been here their whole lives. It’s time we welcome them as citizens and give them the opportunities they need to help our country grow, ” he adds. “A just and compassionate society cannot punish innocent children for the crimes of their parents.”
Archbishop Gomez concedes that these two proposals are no substitute for true immigration reform — but he says they would make a big difference in the lives of millions of our neighbors.