Yakima, WASH - For the first time leaders from the Diocese of Yakima addressed their stance on immigration reform. Hundreds of people came to the Holy Family Church in Yakima Tuesday night to get guidance on how to view immigration.
The churches stance it to have a fair and humane immigration reform.
Bishops wanted to give the audience an idea of how immigration is viewed with catholic values and how people who come into the country should be treated.
"We want the community to see these as persons and not just machinery that comes and does the agricultural work or those jobs some of us don't want to do," says Virginia Santillanes of the Diocese of Yakima.
Keeping families together is one of the issues the forum brought up. The diocese believes there needs to be laws that don't take immigrant family members away from eachother. There are some issues people may have, the church doesn't have an answer for.
"Why must we have so much bigotry, so much discrimination. What kind of people are we," asked Andy Gonzalez, who attended the forum.
The church wasn't just discussing their stance on immigration tonight, they were also educating people on exactly what immigration is and the process of it.