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Catholic College Presidents promote bad, immoral immigration policy (ACCU letter to Congress) - 07/19/13

Yesterday 93 presidents of Catholic colleges and universities sent a letter to all members of Congress demanding that they support comprehensive immigration reform (see the link for the downsides of that plan). I'll quote the letter and then briefly describe how it deceives and promotes bad policy. From the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities ("ACCU") letter [1]: ...Leaders on...

The Pope: there's also a right *not* to emigrate (99th World Day of Migrants and Refugees) - 10/30/12

... than the U.S. leaders of the Catholic Church, such as the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. From the Pope's message announcing the upcoming 99th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on January 13, 2013 (link, bolding added): ...Certainly every state has the right to regulate migration and to enact policies dictated by the general requirements of the common good, albeit always in safeguarding...

Julia Preston can't or won't follow the money and power (Mark Shurtleff, New York Times, immigration) - 06/15/12

... Democratic lawmakers and the Roman Catholic Church. Now, if you've read this or similar sites for even 10 minutes, you'll know that such a coalition isn't that "odd" at all. What those groups (and the Mormon Church) have in common is that they're corrupt: they support illegal activity in order to gain money and/or power: * the Catholic Church and the Mormon Church want new parishioners... * the...

The Pope issues support for amnesty, U.S. Catholic Bishop's pro-illegal immigration efforts - 05/18/12

Pope Benedict XVI has come out in support of not just comprehensive immigration reform (aka amnesty), but the U.S. Catholic Bishop's self-interested support for illegal immigration. At a meeting in Vatican City, he said (link): "I would begin by praising your unremitting efforts, in the best traditions of the church in America, to respond to the ongoing phenomenon of immigration in your country...

ICIRR, Mexican consulate launch hotline for illegal aliens being deported (Catholic Church, Adler School, NIJC, Raymond Crossman) - 09/19/11

... social service agencies; the Catholic Church and other ministers; 17 private law firms and the National Immigrant Justice Center; Mexican hometown federations; the Adler School of Professional Psychology; the Mexican Consulate; and 67 trained bilingual volunteers. Juan Salgado of ICIRR serves on the board of the Adler School (adler.edu/page/about/board-of-trustees). Please write Adler's...

Mexico, 15 other countries file brief against Alabama immigration law; Mexico/DOJ/ACLU/SPLC/churches all on same side - 08/05/11

... the Department of Justice, the Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church, and the Mexican government are all involved in the same suit and are all on the same side against the will of the great majority of Americans. From this: "They want to make sure their citizens are treated cor­rectly, and they have a sover­eign interest in the way in which immigration law is car­ried out...

Utah Compact would encourage illegal immigration (Mark Shurtleff, Chamber, Sutherland, Catholic Church) - 11/11/10

... Sutherland Institute [1], the Catholic Church, and Salt Lake City mayor Ralph Becker [2]. Here's their first of five points: Immigration is a federal policy issue between the U.S. government and other countries - not Utah and other countries. We urge Utah's congressional delegation, and others, to lead efforts to strengthen federal laws and protect our national borders. We urge state leaders to...

Religious leaders begin amnesty push; how to push back - 02/10/10

Per this, various religious groups [1] will begin a push for comprehensive immigration reform (aka amnesty) this and next month. They'll be holding 100 events including prayer vigils in a couple dozen states and urging their followers to send postcards to their representatives. To a certain extent this isn't that big of a deal: they've been pushing for amnesty for years and they haven't gotten...

"Temporary" Protected Status for Haitian illegal aliens pushed by profiteers (Haiti earthquake) - 01/14/10

[TPS has been approved; see the update below] Yesterday, Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security suspended repatriations of illegal aliens from Haiti; that makes some sense as long as it's actually temporary. What doesn't make sense are the calls from some to give "Temporary Protected Status" in the U.S. to Haitian illegal aliens. The word "temporary" is generally a misnomer as...

List of attendees at Napolitano meeting, Part 2 - 08/20/09

This is the a continuation of the list here. See that link for the details. Religious American Jewish Committee Chelsea Hanson Catholic Legal Immigration Network Mark Franken Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Allison Johnson Church World Service Jen Smyers Esperanza USA Mary Clark Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society/Interfaith Immigration Coalition Mark Hetfield Interfaith Worker Justice...

"Tour of the Faithful": Catholic Church, others try to change immigration laws (America's Voice) - 09/13/08

In September and October, the Catholic Church and others will be holding interfaith events [1] across the U.S. designed to support "comprehensive immigration reform", aka amnesty. This "Tour of the Faithful" (catholicsinalliance.org/node/20123) was apparently organized with the help of Frank Sharry's America's Voice [2] and includes an appearance by former president Jimmy Carter and many others [...

Latino, Irish Catholics in illegal immigration march (Archdiocese of San Francisco, Irish government) - 06/10/07

It's not just the Mexican government that meddles in our internal politics in order to support illegal immigration. The Irish government partly funds a group called the "Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform" [1], and yesterday some of their affiliates organized a march in San Francisco featuring 300 Latino and Irish Catholics demanding immigration "reform" (the falsely-titled "Irish, Latino...

Senate immigration amnesty bill: the supporters - 05/21/07

... rights groups, including the Roman Catholic Church and the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group, to achieve the goal... ...the leader of a Latino civil rights group tapped Jacoby on the shoulder. Brent A. Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens... * Safely outside the compound, Michael Barone phones in to say that he supports the bill...

Chicago: fake document raid leads to pro-illegal immigration protest - 04/25/07

... needless to say, at least one Catholic Church is involved. From Esther J. Cepeda of the Chicago Sun-Times comes "'Soldiers bombarded our neighborhood'" (link): Heavily armed officers from several federal agencies locked down a strip mall in a fraudulent-document bust Tuesday, scaring residents and triggering an angry rally at one of Little Village's busiest intersections that lasted into the...

Immigrants at crossroads - 02/24/07

... March March will begin at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (corner of Fulton and State Streets) and end at McCullough Park (adjacent to Prisco Center, corner of Lake Street and Illinois Avenue.) Joliet 9:30 a.m.: Rally for Immigrant Families The rally will be held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 205 E. Jackson St. Cicero 3 p.m.: Rally for Immigrant Rights The rally will be at Albright Field, 50th...

New York Coalition to Expand Voting Rights - 02/21/07

Coalition that wants to give "immigrants" voting rights in New York City. Site: immigrantvoting.org/Coalition/nycoalition.html "Statement of Principles": immigrantvoting.org/Coalition/principles.html One of those is: "We need to close the gap between local government and the people it serves. New York government officials 'do not adequately reflect the faces of the people they represent." Members...

Greeley, Colorado encouraging illegal immigration - 12/15/06

... $2,000 to the "Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church fund for families hurt by the raid." They would have given more, but they haven't yet cashed the grant check from "The Colorado Trust to begin planning action to build a stronger community with good relationships with immigrants". Where exactly the money came from is not stated; it could have come from private funds, or perhaps city money. This is...

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops supports Senate amnesty (Part #44849) - 09/26/06

From this: Religious leaders Tuesday scolded lawmakers who oppose a broad immigration policy overhaul and urged them at a Capitol Hill news conference to put people over politics. As pointed out here many times, their policies will make the situation far worse. A much better suggestion is that they think things through and put what's in the best interests of all concerned ahead of their own...

Pittsburgh: talk to the Holy See about illegal immigration - 09/19/06

... Bishops: please stop lying The Catholic Church's anti-HR4437 smokescreen (no soup kitchens here) "Cardinal Errors" (National Review on Roger Mahoney) Don't blame the Vatican for the socialistic views of the U.S. Catholic Bishops If all those fail, try this: Should Cardinal Roger Mahony cost the Catholic Church tax-exempt status?

Cardinal Roger Mahony admits to exaggerating about HR4437 - 04/13/06

In an interview with a Catholic newspaper Cardinal Roger Mahony as much as admitted that he's been misrepresenting HR 4437: [interviewer:] Giving a sandwich to a hungry man could theoretically be a criminal act. [Mahoney:] Absolutely. Let me just give a couple of examples that are so absurd, people just say, "What?" The one I used was, since we have undocumented people who come to our...

Bishops urge: show false, idiotic compassion to illegal aliens - 02/22/06

Dear Archbishop Michael Sheehan of the New Mexico archdiocese: I read that you want us to show "compassion" to "immigrants". In fact, you say: "We don't condone illegal entry, but when someone is here, we try to take care of them." Let me try to put this in a way that you might understand. (Regular readers are invited to skip this post since you already know this, but the archbishop probably...