The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) says Congress has a “once-in-a-generation chance” to pass immigration reform and fix a broken system.
The USCCB is a powerful lobbying force on Capitol Hill.
U.S. Catholic bishops, Dolan said, have called for a number of reforms, including a path to citizenship, family reunification, border protection and improvements to refugee protection.
Congress returns from its August recess on Monday and will first face a vote on authorizing military strikes in Syria. Immigration is another issue that’s expected to top this fall’s legislative agenda.
The Senate passed the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill in June, 68-32. But, Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE (R-Ohio) has said he won’t take it up in the House.
At a town-hall event in August, Sen. John McCainJohn McCainEx-Bush aide Nicolle Wallace to host MSNBC show Meghan McCain: Obama 'a dirty capitalist like the rest of us' Top commander: Don't bet on China reining in North Korea MORE, (R-Ariz.) said the next few weeks would be a critical time “in the life or death” of immigration reform.
Dolan wrote that the state of immigration in America is a humanitarian problem that can’t be ignored.
“Today, no one can be proud of the enormous underclass of undocumented workers that’s been allowed to form — millions of our neighbors who live on the margins, have their families fractured and are easily exploited,” he wrote.
The immigration system is broken, he added.
“Now’s the time to fix it.”