October 3, 2013  |  By:   |  Press Releases  |  

Following are the remarks by Archbishop José H. Gomez at the bill signing ceremony for California

Assembly Bill 60 (Immigrant Driver’s Licenses) today at Los Angeles City Hall:

Governor Brown, Assemblyman Alejo — I want to thank both of you especially for your leadership and

commitment to our poor and working poor, especially our immigrants.

Quisiera darles las gracias por su liderazgo y su compromiso con los pobres y los trabajadores

sencillos y honestos, especialmente nuestros inmigrantes.

Driving is one of the basic necessities of life. So this new law is going to make a big difference for

millions of people in their everyday lives.

It will make it easier for them to get to work, to go to school, to go the store, to get to church. This bill

will make our families, our communities and our economy stronger.

But as good as this legislation is — it’s still only a half-measure.

Our nation’s immigration system is totally broken. Sacramento can’t fix that problem. Only Washington

can. We need immigration reform that keeps families together, that gives rights to workers, and that

provides a generous path to citizenship.

El sistema de inmigración nacional, como todos sabemos, es completamente inadecuado. Pero el

problema no se puede resolver en Sacramento. Solo se puede arreglar en Washington.

Necesitamos una reforma migratoria que mantenga a las familias unidas, que respete los derechos de

los trabajadores y que incluya un camino generoso hacia la ciudadanía.

So let’s keep working together with our leaders in Washington for reform that is real and comprehensive

— so all our brothers and sisters can join us in the promise of America, and so they can live with the

dignity that God intends for them.

Again, thank you and may God bless you all.