In a November 7th letter to House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said that immigration reform is “a matter of great moral urgency that cannot wait any longer for action.”
Dolan urged the House to “address the issue as soon as possible, ideally prior to the end of the calendar year.”
In his letter, Dolan said that the “broken immigration system” has caused the continued suffering of immigrants and their families.
As a moral matter, our nation cannot continue to receive the benefits of the work and contributions of undocumented immigrants without extending them the protection of the law. Keeping these human beings as a permanent underclass of workers who are unable to assert their rights or enjoy the fruits of their labor is a stain on the soul of the nation.
Dolan said, “The House has a responsibility to debate and attempt to resolve public policy issues that challenge the nation. Immigration is a challenge that has confounded our nation for years, with little action from our federally elected officials.”