Busted Halo
feature: politics & culture
May 6th, 2010

Cardinal Mahony Speaks About Immigration

A video interview with Fr. Dave Dwyer on The Busted Halo Show


One of the strongest proponents for comprehensive immigration reform in the Catholic Church over the last quarter century has been Cardinal Roger Mahony, the Archbishop of Los Angeles.  Busted Halo’s Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, had the chance to speak with Cardinal Mahony while The Busted Halo Show on Sirius XM radio was broadcasting on location in L.A. in March 2010.

As archbishop of the largest Catholic diocese in the U.S. for 25 years, Cardinal Mahony has presided over some very significant milestones, and has also seen his fair share of controversy. And yet, his work with and for migrants has become the hallmark of Cardinal Mahony’s time as bishop. It was this topic that he was most passionate about and most conversant with during this candid and personal conversation that took place in a meeting room on the grounds of the impressive new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

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  • debbie

    I agree with the Cardinal . We do need to fix this! However, I believe we have to be extremely careful in doing background checks etc. I have lived in both the D.R. and Venezuela and have worked here in the U.S. as an ESL teacher. There is much corruption abounding with regards to making money on illegal drugs. I like to believe that the majority of people are coming here to work and raise nice , honest families,but there are a great many who come here to make a ton of money selling drugs and becoming gang members.Yes, we have an obligation to live as Jesus taught us,but we cannot be so “Pollyana”. In my opinion ANYONE selling drugs is a terrorist and is committing the crime of Assault with a deadly weapon since drugs have such a potential to destroy people, families, and societies.
    I don’t believe we can single out just the Latinos. There are many who come to the U.S. on tourist visas who never leave once they find out how much they like it here. I have known this to happen with young people from Europe who find jobs, friends, etc and overstay the Visas.
    Has anyone heard of Mother Antonia, The Prison Angel?

  • Gabriel Austin

    The cardinal was most unconvincing. It is evident that something must be done. But he has has no clear suggestions. Should it be attempted all at once? Or should it be done stage by stage?
    Curious that among the groups of immigrants that he did not mention were the Italians. Nor did he mention California’s bad efforts with the Chinese and Japanese. Perhaps a close study of those problems might give some ideas about the current problems.

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