For Goodness Sake: Why America Needs Immigration Reform with Cardinal Roger Mahony
February 2, 2011 FedEx Global Education Center
Mahony heads the nation’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, the 5-million member Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which is 70 percent Latino. A consultant to the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration, he has been interested in the treatment of immigrants and workers since he was a young priest and close friend of labor organizer Cesar Chavez in the 1960s. On February 2, Mahony spoke to university students and guests about the moral reasons for immigration reform.
“Human dignity and equality are principles deeply held by all Americans,” Mahony has said. “If laws reflect our principles, then something is terribly wrong with our laws on immigration. Because of our broken immigration system, millions of individuals and families are regularly exploited, demeaned and dehumanized.”
This event was sponsored by the College of the Arts and Sciences, Center for Global Initiatives, Department of Political Science, Parr Center for Ethics, Department of Religious Studies, Center for the Study of the American South, Institute for the Study of the Americas.