Cardinal Roger Mahony, retired archbishop of Los Angeles and longtime advocate of comprehensive immigration reform, is frustrated with the lack of action from Congress on the issue and hopes that today’s young people will bring about a change. “They get it. They’re the ones who will make this happen,” he told a group of Catholic college and university leaders on Jan. 30 in Washington during the three-day conference of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. The cardinal lamented the failed effort to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or Dream Act, in 2010 that would have helped children of undocumented immigrants work toward legal status and get a college education.
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