Amid the country’s escalating immigration crisis, Archbishop José H. Gomez encouraged Catholics at the June 24 Mass for All Immigrants not to be “discouraged by voices of fear and ugliness,” but to be “coworkers in renewing the soul of America.”

“God will never leave his people alone,” Archbishop Gomez said, reflecting on the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist before faithful from the dioceses of Orange and San Bernardino gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for the Mass.

“In every time and place, he raises up prophets like Isaiah and John the Baptist — to call out injustice, to point out the way for us to go.”

Among those present were 30 pilgrims who walked 60 miles from Lake Forest beginning Friday morning in solidarity with migrants. They were joined Sunday morning by Auxiliary Bishop David G. O’Connell at Dolores Mission Parish in East LA, and later, by Archbishop Gomez during the final leg of pilgrimage from La Placita Olvera in downtown.

In his homily, the archbishop condemned the government’s failure to address the “broken immigration system” for “breaking up families and hurting children — and doing it in our name, in the name of America.”

Despite the Trump administration’s reversal of the “zero-tolerance” policy ordering immigrant families to be detained separately, the Mexican-born prelate reminded the faithful it will take months to reunite the thousands of children in facilities with their parents.

He also called on politicians to put political calculations aside to work towards meaningful immigration reform, especially for DACA recipients whose legal status is in question. 

“For years now, we have been asking our leaders to fix our broken immigration system. Year after year, they keep telling us, ‘Mañana, mañana,’” the archbishop said. 

“Brothers and sisters, we need to tell our leaders — no more ‘mañanas,’ no more excuses. The time is now.”

At the end of Mass, Bishop O’Connell asked all people of faith at the Mass and those tuning in via livestream to call their local representative on July 10 and ask them to support a bipartisan bill like the USA Act or make it a priority to work on a piece of legislation that will be a fair and just compromise for immigrants. 

Full story at Angelus News.