By Dan Wing

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – With the House of Representatives now debating an Immigration Reform Bill passed by the Senate last week, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput declared Sunday “Justice for Immigrants Day” in the city.

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To mark the occasion, Chaput celebrated a bilingual mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

It was your typical mass, but the Archbishop did take time to explain his stance on immigration:

“Every human being has a right, because of his or her dignity, to have work in order to support the family. We also believe, if that’s not possible, that people have the right to immigrate.”

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The Archbishop said that reform is needed, and that the issue needs the compassion of both sides:

“People who are immigrants, whether they have papers or not, have a right to be treated with great dignity.”

Chaput also says that everyone has the right to a secure border, and encouraged parishioners to not force an agenda, but instead listen to what the other side of the argument has to say.

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