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Miami archbishop chides GOPers on immigration

MIami Archbishop Thomas Wenski on Thursday called U.S. immigration policy "cynical" and criticized two Florida Republicans -- Sen. George LeMieux and Sen.-elect Marco Rubio -- for their stances on immigration reform.

"I don't think the problem is the border necessarily," Wenski told the Miami Herald's editorial board in a wide-ranging interview.

Increasing border security has kept undocumented immigrants who come to the U.S. for seasonal work to return home, he argued, calling for a temporary worker program and an effort to legalize the millions of undocumented immigrants in the country.

"The whole policy is a cynical policy," Wenski said. "Their work is necessary. If there weren't the jobs here, they wouldn't come."

In conversations with Rubio, the newly elected senator talked about undocumented immigrants having to go to the "back of the line," Wenski said, scoffing at the concept: "There was never a line in the first place," he said.

Wenski also tried unsuccessfully to persuade LeMieux to support the Dream Act, which would legalize hundreds of thousands of undocumented students brought illegally into the country by their parents when they were children. The measure passed in the U.S. House of Representatives but stalled in the Senate. LeMieux and Rubio have opposed the law.

"It doesn't seem like Congress wants to listen to any good sense these days," Wenski lamented.


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George Fuller

The archbishop should stick to church matters. He looks at illegal alien hispanics as future parishoners as the democrats are looking at them as future democrats while the republicans are undermining our job base by trying to replace legal workers with illegal workers,

The bishop is right about one thing......without jobs they won't come......there is legislation to mandate all businesses use e-verify that will
end the illegal alien hiring.

When it passes the archbishops flock and the dems future dems will self deport back to wherever they came from.

Florida Repbublican Catholic

I guess I will have to go to confession this weekend. I don't support the DREAM Act either.


I strongly disagree with Archbishop Wenski's position on the DREAM Act, however I also strongly disagree with Mr. Fuller's assertion that Archbishop Wenski should "stick to church matters." The Catholic Church has the right, just like any other organization, to lobby for the policy positions it views as being best for the advancement of the common good of our society. I welcome the Archbishop's voice on this issue.

Florida Republican Catholic, you don't have to confess disagreeing with the Archbishop. Good Catholics can disagree with how best to address the broken immigration system in our country. I am also a Catholic Florida Republican and I disagree with the Church's position on this issue.


I'm Roman Catholic and I also disagree with the Archbishop. He fails to understand the illegal Maria and Jose, are harmful to Mary and Joseph.

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