The undocumented community of the Parish of the Holy Cross found its voice on Sunday, March 22, when over 500 parishioners packed St. Teresa of Avila Church for a town meeting with Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly and members of the Bridgeton City Council.
The meeting was organized by the Parish of the Holy Cross and the non-profit group Faith in New Jersey to discuss the importance of allowing undocumented residents of New Jersey to drive legally.
Father Vince Guest, pastor of Holy Cross, recognized that the issue will ultimately be decided by the General Assembly and the Governor; however, he noted, “it is important that state leaders listen to the concerns
of local communities and local elected officials on this important issue.”
Parishioners of the parish spoke about the need for a state driver’s license, citing the fear of breaking the law just by driving their child to school or to a doctor’s appointment. Other parishioners noted the safety factor of having all drivers tested, trained, licensed, insured and accountable for their driving.
Mayor Kelly brought the congregation to its feet in applause when he stated his support for having undocumented residents properly licensed and that he will speak to other mayors in New Jersey to gather support.
Father Guest was most proud, he said, “because undocumented men and women, who so often live in the shadows, had the courage to stand up and address and speak their mind to elected officials.”
“The Holy Spirit was truly with us,” he said.
For more information about Faith in New Jersey at 856-220-6406.