This week comprehensive immigration reform will formally go to the floor of the U.S. Senate. The hope is that a vote in the Senate on the final version will occur before the 4th of July.
We need to pray earnestly that amendments which will delay or lessen the rights of our immigrants will be turned aside. Sadly, there is much misunderstanding in our country about the true value of today's immigrants. We need to help all of our family and friends understand what is at stake with our wonderful immigrants in the Congress.
Various amendments are being suggested which will create very difficult obstacles for most immigrants to surmount. "Border security" will become a mantra from some to delay for many years any possible earned path to legal status for our immigrants.
Each of us has a duty to contact our two U.S. Senators and urge them to vote for a version which most resembles the comprehensive reform which the Church has been advocating for so many years. Refer to the website: www.justiceforimmigrants.org.
Prayer is essential! May the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, a grand prototype of immigrant families, lift up the hopes and dreams of our immigrants!