While acknowledging that the issue is complex, Pope Benedict XVI nonetheless offered his clear and unmistakable support to the USCCB's efforts to get Congress and the White House to pass comprehensive immigration reform. During his final address of the ad limina visits by US prelates, Benedict said:
I am anxious to hear those prominent Catholics who have endorsed the candidacy of Mr. Romney - Professor Glendon et al. - explain how Romney's support for "self-deportation" and for both the Arizona and Alabama anti-immigrant laws, reflects this clear statement of the Holy Father's. I would even welcome an honest admission that Romney is wrong on this issue. My guess is we will hear nothing but, in this instance, silence is not golden. Silence condemns millions of our fellow Catholics to a life of stress and exploitation.