Many of us have forgotten our immigrant roots. But our Church has always been a Church of immigrants, as our nation has always been a nation of immigrants. In earlier generations, we welcomed newcomers from every nation in Europe. Today, we are still welcoming newcomers — but now they come from Latin America, Asia, Oceania and Africa. This great Archdiocese of Los Angeles is a beautiful manifestation of our immigrant Church and nation — so many people, from so many countries, all coming here to be part of the American Dream. America’s founders dreamed of a nation where men and women from every race, religion and national background could live in equality — as brothers and sisters, children of the same God. The founders’ vision helped make this country a nation of immigrants — one people made from peoples of many nations, races and creeds.
And that’s what’s at stake in the immigration debate — the future of the American Dream.
— Archbishop José H. GomezStatement on the announcement of presidential executive orders on immigration Archbishop Gomez on immigration reform
Discussion on Catholicism and ImmigrationUncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson, Hoover InstitutionNovember 9, 2013
"Seeking the Human Face of Immigration Reform" Town Hall Los Angeles January 14, 2014
"Immigration Reform and the New America"Catholic Media Convention, Denver, June 21, 2013
"The Heart of a Stranger": The Task for Religious Believers in Immigration ReformSephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, March 19, 2013
Read excerpts from the Archbishop’s book, Immigration and the Next America: Renewing the Soul of Our Nation.