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With all due respect, Cardinal Dolan...

Illegal immigration

Have you ever met former Milwaukee Archbishop, now Cardinal Timothy Dolan, even for a fleeting moment?

The jovial church leader is captivating, charming. But beyond his incredible sense of humor, Dolan possesses great intellect. I admire and respect him and his views.

You sense a “but” coming? It is.

But first, from my Photos of the Week (07/06/14) blog:

A crowd of 300 angry protestors forced three buses carrying 140 undocumented migrant children and their parents to turn around in Murrieta, California, on Tuesday after they blocked the road. The dramatic confrontation between the flag waving protestors and the Homeland Security buses came one day after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to resist the federal government's plan to transfer the Central American migrants to California to ease overcrowding of facilities along the Texas-Mexico border. Holding up banners that said 'Return to Sender' and suggesting the children should be sent to the White House instead, the irate protestors succeeded when the buses turned around and headed to a customs and border facility in San Diego - within sight of Mexico. Photos: The Daily Mail

I highly commend what those folks did and consider them heroes. Cardinal Dolan has a much different outlook about the actions by the protestors. Much different.

“It was un-American; it was unbiblical; it was inhumane.”

The Cardinal divulged his reactions in a blog post that I would have never seen to be quite honest if not for, of all places, that bastion of Catholic bashing, the New York Times. The anti-Christian liberal paper can suddenly embrace a Catholic spokesman if he/she is espousing what fits their template.

Poor kids? Dumped here with no place to go? A hand-wringing, Kleenex-grabbing moment? Count the NY Times in. Especially if they can use the words of those they normally torpedo to bolster their bias.

The NY Times quoted Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention:

"These children are made in the image of God, and we ought to respond to them with compassion, not with fear."

Also from the Times:

Attitudes among evangelicals are changing, particularly at the leadership level, according to the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

“I remember when my fellow evangelicals said, ‘Deport them all, they’re here illegally, end of story,’ but the leadership now supports immigration reform,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “There’s still angst in the pews, but if they listen more to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John than to Rush Limbaugh, they’ll act with compassion towards these children.”

Bible quotations are cool at the Times if they’re meant for liberal cause. Again, from the paper:

Some political leaders have cited religious or moral arguments in offering support for the migrants. On Friday, Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts tearfully cited the Bible and declared, “I don’t know what good there is in faith if we can’t, and won’t, turn to it in moments of human need,” as he suggested that migrant children could be temporarily housed at military bases in his state.

No shame or decency or ethics or lack of hypocrisy at the NY Times.

Now read Cardinal Dolan.

I normally don’t put much stock in anonymous Internet comments, but Dolan’s piece attracted some thoughtful and respectful reactions
, many deeply supportive.  Here are some thoughts from folks that like me, disagreed:


I am proud to be an American and I do believe that we are a nation of laws. If we feel that America should have open borders, there is a legislative process to accomplish that.


I have disagree with you on this. Yes we should be charitable, but enough is is enough
when it comes to illigal imagrants. When our parents and grandparents came to America they came through the proper channels. It is not right for illigal allians to get things, like insurance medicaid and drivers liscenes, when they are not even citizens.


You’re Eminence, over and over again I hear the Bishops speaking to US Catholics and all US citizens telling us our responsibilities to the “illegal” immigrant. While I agree with our bishops’ stance on the dignity of these people the one thing I have longed to hear is the bishops speaking to the “illegal” and/or “legal” immigrant’s responsibilities to their host nation. I believe if the bishops publicly speak to both the responsibilities of the concerned US citizen and the immigrants the bishops would greatly aid in a better understanding for all. As a side note it often appears many of the bishops stoop to the level of the media in mischaracterizing and lumping the intent of the majority of the objectors. I applaud you for recognizing the good deeds of those in Texas who greeted the immigrants with open arms. I also ask that you recognize that many of those objecting to the influx of illegal immigrants are otherwise people of compassion at a breaking point who are trying to send a message more to our dysfunctional government than to the immigrants. It is my hope you and your fellow bishops will address the responsibilities of the immigrants and show a more than passing understanding of those who object.


I suspect that at the time of the “legal” immigration that my ancestors went through nearly 200 years ago, there were many who protested. There were probably many who gathered up in the neighborhoods around Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan who did not want those new immigrants there. The difference is, in my view, legal v. illegal.

My ancestors came here off the boats from England and Ireland, pulled up to the shores of NY, entered America and promptly had their name changed, were given a temporary job and housing and told to report back at a certain time. We certainly don’t handle immigration that way anymore, but essentially we probably should. We some of my ancestors came after the potato famine that is exactly the way they were brought into this country. Not unlike the scenario we are in now; a massive influx of one group of people entering through one particular part of the country. Back then, we at least had some control over the entry process, or at least tried to exert control. Now, it is a free for all with every possible US law being broken, relaxed, or ignored….in addition to various state laws, human trafficking laws, etc.

So the compassionate thing to do here is not to welcome these “illegal migrants” (that’s not my term, it’s Obama’s new term for them) with open arms to feed, cloth, and provide medicines, etc., but to send them back and insist that they not make their first act at becoming a US citizen to be one that breaks our laws. We respect them, and want to help them, but continual handouts are only increasing the illegal migrant problem we HAVE been facing and are continuing to face now. If poverty and war and gangs are such a problem in their home country, they should rise up to “fix it.” Americans can give support to their efforts, but simply taking on all these migrants is not possible. Nations and generations before them have done that as history demonstrates.

Send them home ASAP

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