Archbishop José H. Gomez, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Mexico, is author of "Immigration and the Next America: Restoring the Soul of our Nation." He leads the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The views expressed in this column belong to Gomez.
(CNN)The new year began with a new wave of government raids targeting immigrants from Central America and Mexico. About 120 were rounded up for deportation -- mostly women and children, many of whom had come to the U.S. fleeing violence in their home countries.