Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, D.C. urges Congress to pass amnesty, saying Americans must welcome, protect, and share the United States with illegal aliens.
Gregory said, “However, when loss of workforces migration, we must welcome them, protect them and share our abundance with them.” During a press conference coordinated by American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) – a pro-mass migration group.
“Standing in solidarity with our migrant brothers and sisters means once again raising the question, will we care for our neighbor? After years of delay, the 117th Congress now has an opportunity to be courageous by addressing immigration in a comprehensive and productive way,” Gregory continued.
Other speakers included Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sens. Dick Durbin, and Chris Coons, as well as Vincentian Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. Also speaking were DACA recipients and farmworkers.
His remarks come as the Democrats in the Senate are trying to slip amnesty for illegal aliens into a budget using reconciliation, the filibuster-proof process, requiring 51 votes.
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said this week that Democrats intend to “do the best that we can” in terms of slipping an amnesty through reconciliation.
While supporting mass migration, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops also lobbies Congress to pass amnesty.
“All Dreamers, not just those receiving DACA, deserve the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential in the only country most of them have ever known,” Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville said in a statement this week. “This is not only a matter of human dignity but also family unity, considering the 250,000 U.S.-citizen children with Dreamers as parents.”
“My brother bishops and I urge the Senate to join the House of Representatives in passing legislation that would provide legal status and a path to citizenship for all Dreamers,” Dorsonville continued.
The current immigration levels are putting downward pressure on U.S. wages. At the same time, $500 billion in wealth is redistributed from the middle class, working Americans to employers and new arrivals, as found by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Amnesty for illegal aliens would be a net fiscal drain for taxpayers while driving down wages in America, as found repeatedly by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
Annually 1.2 million legal immigrants permanently resettle with green cards in the United States. Additionally, 1.4 million visas are issued to foreign nationals taking American jobs, while hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens enter the U.S.