Immigration Speech in El Paso

Friday, Jan. 21, 2011
By The Most Rev. John C. Wester
Bishop of Salt Lake City

I went to El Paso, Texas, this past week to give a speech on immigration to supporters of the diocesan Department of Migration and Refugee Services. There were approximately 300 people in attendance, all of whom are ardent supporters of this worthwhile work. It was a quick, overnight trip for me but an important one to continue the work of the Catholic Church in promoting comprehensive immigration reform. The Most Rev. Armando X. Ochoa, Bishop of El Paso, works tirelessly with his staff in helping immigrants and refugees who come to his diocese. You can see Ciudad Juarez from Bishop Ochoa’s diocese and it does not take much to imagine the terrible violence people live with in that part of Mexico. I ask all of us to keep the intentions of our migrants and refugees in their prayers as we continue our struggle to bring about comprehensive immigration reform in our country.


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