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How Pope Francis is wrong about immigration - 09/24/15

In his prepared remarks to Congress, Pope Francis says the following about immigration. How it's wrong will be described after the quote:

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]:

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

On immigration, Pope Benedict XVI has a more nuanced position 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):

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

In April, Julia Preston of the New York Times offered "A Die-Hard Conservative, but Not on Immigrants" [1] about Utah's former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, a supporter of illegal immigration.

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):

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

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has yet another link to the Mexican government: they and a series of other organizations are sponsoring a hotline that illegal aliens who are being deported can call (link).

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

The Mexican government and 15 other countries [1] have filed a brief supporting those suing Alabama to block that state's new immigration law.

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

Earlier today a group of business leaders and public officials signed "The Utah Compact" (, a small set of principles on immigration. Rather than curbing illegal immigration, their ideas would encourage more of it. Those involved include Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, the Utah Chamber of Commerce, the 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...

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 anywhere. At the events they'll be (literally) preaching to the choir, and elsewhere many or most of their parishioners will be opposed to their message. However, it is a big deal because those leaders...

"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 that status is renewed over and over. TPS would be an infected band-aid that wouldn't fix Haiti's structural problems and in some cases would result in importing Haiti's problems into the U.S. It would...

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.

"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" ( 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 [3]. On October 13 they'll be holding a forum featuring unnamed Illinois politicians; one of those will probably be Luis Gutierrez. If you want to do something about this, go to one of their events and...

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 Catholics march for immigrant rights" by Jill Tucker, link). The sponsors of the event: the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Catholic Charities CYO, the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, the Irish...

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

Outside a number of Senators, there aren't too many who support the Senate's immigration amnesty/"guest" worker plan. This post will keep track of them, and I urge everyone to hold those below accountable whether the bill passes or not. I also urge everyone to keep calling Congress, but, even more importantly, follow the steps previously outlined to help stop amnesty. The supporters: * Of course: president Bush, Sens. John McCain and Ted Kennedy * From "Few senators support the illegals bill" (link): Sen. Arlen Specter, one of the Republicans who helped craft the deal, said it's the best they...

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

[IMPORTANT UPDATE BELOW] Rally 'round the document forgers! A federal raid against ID fraud yesterday in Chicago shows one of the dangers of failing to enforce the immigration laws: illegal activity becomes defined as a part of ethnic solidarity. In the past, Italian-American groups have complained about things like The Godfather. In this situation, ethno-centric reporters and groups are condemning enforcement of federal law and excusing illegal activity. And, needless to say, at least one Catholic Church is involved. From Esther J. Cepeda of the Chicago Sun-Times comes "'Soldiers...

Looking back, moving ahead - 03/24/07

Los Angeles Times/Teresa Watanabe/[[March 24, 2007]]/ link subtitle: Organizers of last year's huge immigrant rights rally in L.A. reflect on successes and goals as they ready for Sunday's anniversary events.

Immigrants at crossroads - 02/24/07

Stakes are high for legalization campaign/Chicago Tribune/Oscar Avila and Michael Martinez/[[May 1, 2006]]/ link or link

Immigration not just about Mexicans: Start of 4 day walk shows off - 02/21/07

Chicago Sun-Times/[[September 2, 2006]]/Sue Ontiveros/ link On a weekend when 'mainstream America will gather with family to mark Labor Day, supporters of immigrant rights are joining forces to let America see and hear how important their loved ones are to them.

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

Coalition that wants to give "immigrants" voting rights in New York City. Site: "Statement of Principles": 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 of the group:

Greeley, Colorado encouraging illegal immigration - 12/14/06

Greeley, Colorado is home to Swift and Company, which was recently raided by ICE.

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 parochial interests, such as pushing a far-left ideology or simply filling their pews. ...[Bishop Jaime Soto of the Diocese of Orange] flew into Washington for the news conference organized by Sens....

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

If you're in the Pittsburgh area, the Vatican's representative to the U.N. will be speaking at Duquesne University on Thursday Sep. 21. You need to register, details here. If you get to ask a question, ask him to indicate whether the Holy See supports illegal immigration to the U.S. and/or ask them to provide the biblical basis for that support.

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.

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 doesn't.)