Los Angeles (Agenzia Fides) - "Now we need a global immigration reform. It is not a political issue, it is a matter of human rights and protection of human dignity": are the words of His Exc. Mgr. José Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, the largest ecclesiastical district of the United States and with the highest number of Hispanic immigrants and from different parts of the world.
The Archbishop, according to the note sent to Fides, has asked President Barack Obama to stop the deportations of illegal immigrants, after the Supreme Court’s decision on 23 June to confirm the stop to Obama’s immigration plan that tries to give the legal status to five million illegal immigrants in the Country. The Supreme Court spoke out, after 26 States led by Texas, rejected Obama's plan, believing that the President went beyond his powers and established measures that is under the jurisdiction of the National Congress.
In his statement, dated June 26, the Archbishop of Los Angeles said that "the continued failure of our nation in tackling the immigration crisis is a humanitarian tragedy". However, "now it is the time to show the courage of the moral and political leadership". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 01/07/2016)