Emily Bazar of USA Today offers "Illegal immigrants find refuge in holy places", all about the "new sanctuary movement" in which churches take in illegal aliens in an example of far-left false compassion. She writes:
But Peter Schey, the lawyer advising the sanctuary movement and president of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Los Angeles, says the churches are within the law. He advises congregations that they're not guilty of harboring if the immigrants aren't in hiding and have active cases pending to legalize their status.
What she fails to note is that Schey has at least three links to the Mexican goverment.
Nicholas Riccardi of the Los Angeles Times - in addition to refering to illegal aliens as "immigrants" - does the same in "Border Patrol shooting underscores peril on both sides":
Peter Schey, executive director of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Los Angeles, represents the three witnesses to the shooting [of an alleged illegal alien by Border Patrol agent Nicholas Corbett near Bisbee, Arizona], and said that a more restrained Border Patrol might be a good thing... "Violence along the border is an epidemic, and it's not just the smugglers," Schey said. "It's also the Border Patrol themselves. They're just extremely quick to use deadly force."
Returning to the "new sanctuary movement" article:
It is illegal to harbor illegal immigrants or shield them from detection, says Charles Kuck, president-elect of the [American Immigration Lawyers Association]. Penalties include stiff fines and prison sentences. Providing shelter to an illegal immigrant could be interpreted as breaking that law, he says. "If I were going to advise a church, I would tell them not to do this."
And, of course, Emily Bazar acts only as a transcriptionist and fails to question what she's told:
"We don't accept a broken law that causes separation of families," says Richard Estrada, an associate pastor at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Los Angeles. "We will protect families, those in danger of being separated... We're doing what we think is the right, moral thing to do."
The laws aren't "broken", and what's causing the "separation of families" is people coming here illegally and expecting it to work out OK. And, I'm sure lots of people have mistakenly thought they were doing the "right, moral thing" when in fact they were making the situation far worse.
Immigration2007a · Mon, 07/09/2007 - 08:17 · Importance: 1