Catholic bishops support undocumented immigrants

by Balitang America Staff

Posted at Dec 14 2011 07:03 PM | Updated as of Dec 15 2011 03:03 AM

CALIFORNIA - American Catholic bishops are sending a strong message of support to undocumented immigrants on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

In a letter to immigrants, 33 American Catholic bishops suggested that Americans should be thankful to undocumented immigrants for their contributions to the country.

The bishops said that those who condemn the undocumented should be denounced.

“Despite your contributions to the well-being of our country, instead of receiving our thanks, you are often treated as criminals because you have violated current immigration laws. In your suffering, we see the face of Jesus Christ,” Archbishop Garcia-Siller said in the letter.

The bishops vowed to continue helping undocumented immigrants.

A group that calls itself Federation for Immigration Reform, dismissed the bishops’ statements saying they are putting the interests of those who violated immigration laws ahead of those who legitimately came to the United States.