ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – the Supporters say Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester is the force of New Mexico lawmakers to reconsider a number of proposals with respect to combating poverty in one of america’s poorest states.
Less than two years into his tenure, Wester is outspoken on issues ranging from early childhood education and immigration to income inequality.
He has recently held a press conference with other religious leaders to denounce a tax proposal that critics say would unfairly increase supermarket prices for low-income families.
He organized an immigration forum earlier this year criticized the Obama administration for not providing a fair trial for detained migrant children from Central America. He spoke out against an effort to restore New Mexico’s death penalty.
Wester says that his activism is rooted in Scripture and the call to defend the poor.