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Catholic workers for open borders

El Paso Times:
The time for immigration reform has come, U.S. and Mexican Catholic workers assembled in El Paso said as the groundbreaking Binational Migration Conference opened Thursday...

"The simple truth is clear: We must welcome the stranger, for in his or her face we see Christ," [Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, D.C.] said. "Sadly, the migration experience today, according to the bishops of both countries, is far from the Kingdom of God that Jesus proclaimed."
We already welcome almost a million strangers a year via legal immigration. I'm sure there's something in the Bible about defense against invasion. And, I'm sure there's something in there about personal responsibility and the requirements of governments to look after their own people rather than trying to take advantage of other countries.

If you have counter-arguments from the Bible, please leave them in the comments.

Immigration2005b · Fri, 06/24/2005 - 09:03 · Importance: 1

Fri, 07/01/2005 - 13:05
guaro

"I'm all for helping them; in fact, I think we need something akin to a Marshall Plan for Mexico and Latin America"
Mexico is not a

Mon, 06/27/2005 - 12:28
blmoose

McCarrick prates about the moral example of a group of criminal invaders. He's an idiot, should be reminded: "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesars and unto God that which is Gods". Bsides the catholic dhurch has plenty of work to do to reform themselves so that they quit diddling the choir boys.

Sun, 06/26/2005 - 23:29
eh

"counter-arguments from the Bible"

You don't need any; can't you see that?

Look, it's nothing more than a totally false dichotomy: either we help poor, third world peasants from Latin America by allowing them en masse into America, or we're not acting in the spirit of true Christians. As if letting them come here, pretty much at their whim, is the only way to help them.

It isn't. And any argument to that effect is complete bullshit, not to mention absurdly childish (so I'm not surprised "Ralph" is advancing it).

I'm all for helping them; in fact, I think we need something akin to a Marshall Plan for Mexico and Latin America, which would serve two purposes: it would 1) help the people improve their lives, perhaps significantly, and 2) remove some of the pressure on them, as well as their desire, to move to the US. This would've been a much better use of the money being wasted on that idiotic war in Iraq.

At this point I've seen too much of the adverse effects of out-of-control Hispanic immigration on the US: poverty, gang violence, "bad schools", a near total and across the board degradation of civil life. This is the reality, and I'm fed up with it. Walking down the sidewalk downtown, and being told by some Hispanic 'gang-banger', a punk, scum, that I'm wearing the wrong color to be on that side of the street. Enough. I refuse to see my home (the only one I have), the ambience of my community, destroyed in this way, and then be told by sanctimonious jerks that I'm a "racist", a "xenophobe", or 'un-Christian' because I oppose it, and its root cause.

I reject all of that crap completely, 100%.

BTW, care to guess at another false dichotomy? Same sex marriage. As if the only way to address the (rather pathetic) laundry list of grievances put forth by homosexuals is to allow them to 'marry'. Puhlease.

Fri, 06/24/2005 - 15:01
guaro

The religious nuts of both the left and right seem to want to turn the US into a theocracy. This issue should have been settled in 1960 when JFK insisted that as President he would put the interests of the nation first and not govern according to Catholic doctrine.

Fri, 06/24/2005 - 14:36
Ralph
www.ralphfnelson.blogspot.com

Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.

Over and over again, the teachings of Jesus and His disciples that Christians are not to be selfish at the expense of others but rather to love and have compassion especially on the least.