President Obama’s immigration reform proposal doesn’t seem to differ substantially from that proposed by a bipartisan group of senators. Of course, the devil is always in the details. U.S. Bishops, long aware that our present immigration laws are antiquated and inadequate, have consistently called for a comprehensive reform of our broken system.
We strongly supported the McCain-Kennedy proposal of 2006. While what has been recently proposed doesn’t seem to be as generous and as broad as the McCain-Kennedy initiative, it is a bipartisan initiative that does provide a path to citizenship to the 11 million already here in this country, many of whom have spouses or children who are U.S. citizens, and it is a step in the right direction.
Thomas Wenski, Archbishop, Miami