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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (July 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612787185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612787183
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By deskjockey on August 5, 2013
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Archbishop Gomez is the most prominent American Catholic advocate of immigration reform, and I looked forward to reading his formal contribution to the debate. Unfortunately, while it is obvious that the archbishop has a passionate concern for the welfare of immigrants, he has failed to seriously address the most fundamental obstacles to reform. Here is a short list of some of the issues that are barely mentioned in his book, if at all: border security; e-verify; the cynical and corrupt Mexican government; and most notably, the economic, political, and cultural impact of large-scale immigration. In fact, it is entirely fair to say that Archbishop Gomez does not recognize a single valid objection to the immediate and permanent legalization of virtually every one of the more than 11 million immigrants who are illegally residing in the United States, or the tens of millions that will join them in the future.

The book itself has three main themes - the supposed fear and prejudice that native-born Americans harbor towards immigrants; our insufficient appreciation of the role that Spanish explorers played in America's history; and a call for a "New America" in which citizens and immigrants recommit themselves to the founding principles of our republic. The latter theme, which is essentially an appeal for the sort of cultural assimilation that earlier generations of immigrants successfully achieved, might have been sufficient to redeem the book's promise if Archbishop Gomez had actually made a case for the far-reaching reforms of our educational and political institutions that will be required to "renew the soul of America". There is no question that we need such a renewal, and this book was a missed opportunity to move beyond cliches and offer some concrete proposals.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marco on October 3, 2013
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I think that Archbishop Gomez has really touched the wound. It is a great book to call Catholics to a virtuous practice of what true citizenship means in matters of immigration. It is easy to read and understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Stone on August 29, 2013
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Archbishop Gomez presents strong arguments for Immigration reform. One can feel his compassionate heart beating throughout these pages. The problem we face, however, is the difference between his wise approach and the misguided approach being pushed through Congress by political interests. If Congress agreed to let the Archbishop oversee the design and execution of reform, I would be in favor. The version politicians are pushing differs from his vision.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By the grumpy one on August 16, 2013
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Archbishop Gomez serves a wake-up to Christians in particular that North America in general and the USA in particular has never been the exclusive domain of white Anglo-Saxons. Rather, since the first European invasions of the New World, migrations were encouraged until they were no longer economically beneficial or socially acceptable to the reigning powers.
Should those considerations remain relevant? And what penalty, if any, should those powers impose upon those who seek the political, economic, or religious opportunities our fore-parents sought when they emigrated?
Archbishop Gomez does not propose open and uncontrolled immigration, but his proposals follow the Christian ethic as regulated by appropriate governmental regulations.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lee Hunt on August 21, 2013
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Gomez discusses important areas that are not part of the discussion going on at this time. He provides a more complete approach to immigration in terms of where we should be going as a country.
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