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Government needs to act now to help migrant children at the border
National Catholic Reporter ^ | July 20, 2014 | by Mary Ann McGivern

Posted on 07/21/2014 3:24:59 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

I'm home from a week of lobbying in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the refugee children on our southern border. There were 13 of us, 11 from Loretto and two from our Guatemalan sister community, Sagrada Familia. We had appointments with 25 senators and representatives, plus other drop-in visits. We crossed the Capitol between the House and Senate office buildings three or four times each day.

NETWORK, LCWR and the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission lent staff to help us refine our message. Maruca and Yolanda from Guatemala told and retold tough accounts of children leaving home to escape gangs, to buy medicine, to escape abuse. One of the staffers asked what it was like in a village when children decided to go north. Did several of them jump onto the train together? Maruca said when the decision was made, the family went to a village coyote, paid him and made arrangements for the child's travel. Families know the risks of entrusting their children to thecoyotes, but it's a better choice to them than keeping the child at home.

It was right for us to be there in D.C., carrying our message. But will our visit have any effect? Not as much as we hope for, I suspect. Probably the law that requires an investigation of each child's account of why they came will be restricted. But we hope it will not be repealed or gutted. Children who come because of poverty are not eligible to stay, but those who are at risk of violence from gangs or drug traffickers or abusers are eligible.

The problem is that children don't easily report the dangers they faced. They are ashamed of sex abuse. Their cousins might be the traffickers. The gangs have threatened them. It takes time and skill -- and language facility -- to draw out a child. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees estimates that at least half the children are eligible for admission to the United States because of the risks they face at home. And that's what the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, passed in 2008, is meant to ensure. Let's not retreat from the moral high ground when we are tested.

Our recommendations for how the special appropriations should be spent probably will not be fully followed. I imagine some money will go to border security because politics demands it, even though the border is secure. These children are turning themselves in to the first patrol officer they see. They are not sneaking in.

But I do hope none of the money marked for the State Department will go to further militarize Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Again, one of the staffers asked us if it isn't important to beef up the military so they can control the gangs and traffickers. We explained that the military never does good policing. Soldiers are trained to obey orders and to shoot first. Police are trained to investigate, sort out conflicting accounts and listen to the community. There is plenty of police corruption in Central America, but in Guatemala, for example, the current president has been replacing the police with soldiers, and unsolved murders are again on the rise.

Most of all, Health and Human Services needs money. Their coffers are expected to run dry in mid-August. If Congress does not act now, there will be no money to detain and care for children. Perhaps they will all be put in local jails, or perhaps for a couple of weeks the borders will simply be open to children and their lives will depend on the kindness of strangers. I don't know if there are that many kind strangers. So I hope Congress understands it needs to act now.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; border; catholic; illegalaliens
The Catholic Church is working hand-in-glove with the Obama regime.
1 posted on 07/21/2014 3:24:59 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Mary Ann, how many bedrooms do you have at your place?


2 posted on 07/21/2014 3:27:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Well call their Governments and tell them so moron!


3 posted on 07/21/2014 3:29:25 PM PDT by The Toll
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
USCCB gets about $70 million from the administration to care for the illegals. Even I might be pro-illegal if they gave me $70 million (although I hope I wouldn't).
4 posted on 07/21/2014 3:30:13 PM PDT by ricmc2175
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
but those who are at risk of violence from gangs or drug traffickers or abusers are eligible

While black kids in inner cities at risk of violence from gangs and drug traffickers are ignored. Why? Obama and his liberal minions already got their parents vote. Time to start importing.

5 posted on 07/21/2014 3:30:46 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Governments created the problem.


6 posted on 07/21/2014 3:31:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Catholic Charities should be responsible for these illegal aliens. Taxpayers should not pay for those who break our laws with impunity.


7 posted on 07/21/2014 3:32:05 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I understand the food at the Vatican is really good.


8 posted on 07/21/2014 3:34:47 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("Don't be afraid. Just believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Help the little wetbacks turn around and march back south until they cross the river.


9 posted on 07/21/2014 3:35:30 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: cripplecreek

yes it did. and it’s not about to fix it either.


10 posted on 07/21/2014 3:35:32 PM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lobby your own church Mary Ann - it’s what they do, isn’t it?


11 posted on 07/21/2014 3:40:28 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

And if they weren’t Latino/Catholics pouring in, then how committed would you and the others have been?

The pro-immigration crowd is racist


12 posted on 07/21/2014 3:41:53 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Get rid of "birthright citizenship" Out of room . . . no mas)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Problem Number One:

The National "Catholic" Reporter, known in some circles as the National Schismatic Reporter or the Fishwrap, is not Catholic.

With the departure of their last actual, honest reporter, John Allen, who went to work for the Boston Globe, they are nothing but another liberal rag. Their local bishop ordered them to stop using the name "Catholic" - they defied him.

13 posted on 07/21/2014 3:42:27 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: txrefugee

Now there is helping the immigrants, and there is “helping”.

A small nuance, to be sure, but the only requirement is to provide a short respite, then return the strangers at the door to their point of origin, anything else is rewarding unwanted behavior.

Make the situation BETTER in the Central American country from whence they came, and it shall be no punishment to return them to their land of nativity. They just had an “adventure”.

Someone proposed, I don’t know where, that the entire populations of the Central American republics be transferred en masse to the territory once known as “the United States of America, and all the disaffected libertarians and conservatives, and those who just do not want the southern border further overrun, all be permitted to colonize what is now a vacant location, and reconstruct the “spirit of America” on that tropical paradise. Of course, this time, there would be much more strict rules on who may or may not come in. Every visitor would be fully identified, and carefully observed at all times while a guest of this new republic.

In five years’ time, they would all be attempting to stream back South.


14 posted on 07/21/2014 3:49:34 PM PDT by alloysteel (Most people become who they promised they would never be.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Let MEXICO take care of them. Problem solved.


15 posted on 07/21/2014 3:53:44 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Up yours IRS!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Annie, shove it!


16 posted on 07/21/2014 3:55:14 PM PDT by x1stcav (Leftism is like rust. It corrodes twenty-four hous a day.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They are not ‘migrant children’ doofus, they are ‘illegal aliens’! What they hell part of ‘illegal’ do you devout catholics not understand?


17 posted on 07/21/2014 3:59:37 PM PDT by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Guatemala stopped adoptions of their babies by Americans -— and then allows THIS?!?!?!


18 posted on 07/21/2014 4:06:11 PM PDT by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Mary Ann McGivern, a Sister of Loretto, works with people who have felony convictions and advocates for criminal justice. She lived at a Catholic Worker house for 28 years. She has been a public radio commentator and written plays and a cookbook. She lives in St. Louis.

19 posted on 07/21/2014 4:12:07 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Sister of Loretto Mary Ann McGivern publishes a thoughtful (and anguished) statement about how her family’s struggle to deal with the death of two of her brothers from AIDS brought them into close contact with real-life gay folks. She points out that the experience of rubbing shoulders with real human beings who happen to be gay has significantly changed how many American Catholics think about issues of sexual orientation.

And then she concludes,

I am thinking a lot of my brothers Joe and Frank as I listen and read about the unconstitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and varied responses of gays, politicians, leaders in various faith communities. Joe and Frank died when they were 33 and 30. They should have had more hope for happiness than the world gave them. I am so grateful that the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered communities can be open about their sexual orientation and that today the joys of family life are open to them.
Where does that put me within the moral teaching of the church? Count me as someone with difficulties.

And here’s how some of her fellow Catholics choose to respond to Mary Ann McGivern’s thoughtful and painful cri de coeur—this is Sala Martin:

I’m sorry for your pain, but your brothers didn’t die because of anything the world did to them. They died because they had unprotected sex with multiple partners.

http://bilgrimage.blogspot.com/2013/07/droppings-from-catholic-birdcage-mary.html


20 posted on 07/21/2014 4:15:41 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: txrefugee

“Catholic Charities should be responsible for these illegal aliens.”

And they can support them back where they come from. If Catholics have a problem with `rendering unto Caesar, they can move to Honduras, Guatemala, etc.
GTHO>


21 posted on 07/21/2014 4:30:43 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: tumblindice

Time to tax the Church.


22 posted on 07/21/2014 4:31:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Mary Ann McGivern

Drawing Caterpillar Out Of Its Corporate Cocoon: Company Should Examine Its Role in Mideast Violence
LIAT WEINGART,
VALERIE HEINONEN AND
MARY ANN MCGIVERN
28 April 2004

On April 14, an American corporation was confronted with the choice of whether or not to examine their role in perpetuating the cycle of violence in the Mideast. An alliance of Catholic nuns and Jewish peace activists teamed up to introduce a shareholder resolution asking Caterpillar, Inc. to conduct an internal investigation to determine if the use of their bulldozers to violate human rights laws goes against corporate policies. In fact, it was the first time ever that a shareholder resolution relating to human rights violations in the occupied territories has been brought before a US corporation. Though the odds against the resolution were tremendous, it still garnered 4% of the vote, enough to be re-introduced next year.


23 posted on 07/21/2014 4:33:17 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Slaves of Caesar, all for the shekels


24 posted on 07/21/2014 4:38:24 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Green Party sues Secretary of State - Missouri Digital News
www.mdn.org/2000/STORIES/GREENPTY.HTM

Aug 31, 2000 - Missouri Digital News (MDN) story: Mary Ann McGivern, a Catholic nun, wants to run as the Green Party candidate for Attorney General.

The Green Party’s candidate for Attorney General has filed suit against Missouri’s Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State’s office says Mary Ann McGivern cannot run for Attorney General because she does not have a law license.

However, McGivern says the Missouri Constitution does not require a candidate to be a lawyer.

Even though McGivern does not have a law license, she says she has a good capacity to be Attorney General.

http://www.mdn.org/2000/STORIES/GREENPTY.HTM


25 posted on 07/21/2014 4:39:43 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They get paid big bucks for the privilege.


26 posted on 07/21/2014 4:42:45 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kcvl
Problem No. 2:

This person is a schismatic "sister" - the Lorettos lost their way a long time ago and ignore the Sacraments and the Church in favor of "social justice" (which is neither), women's ordination, reiki, labyrinths, and all the other New Age radical nonsense.

My cat is a better Catholic.

27 posted on 07/21/2014 4:56:43 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: AnAmericanMother

The Catholic church has sold its soul for a few shekels from Clown Prince nobama. For shame. Also abetting these illegal alien invaders is treason. For shame. Tax the church. Seize their property if they aid and abet the invading enemies of America.


28 posted on 07/21/2014 5:05:16 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: txrefugee

Catholic Charities is well funded by the Obama regime (with tax payer money), as is that “Baptist” organization making the news last week.

Tactical Marxism infiltrates, and charitable organizations are an easy mark when they are open to government money, funded by political interests to be used as slush funds.


29 posted on 07/21/2014 5:18:31 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

One of those left-wing christians highlighted in another article here.


30 posted on 07/21/2014 5:20:52 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: Gaffer

If churches and individuals give their own money, it is charity. If they lobby government to soak taxpayers, it is legalized theft.


31 posted on 07/21/2014 5:54:18 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Help them back to country of origin.


32 posted on 07/21/2014 6:28:31 PM PDT by ully2
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees estimates that at least half the children are eligible for admission to the United States because of the risks they face at home. And that's what the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, passed in 2008, is meant to ensure.

that's not what the WWTVPRA was meant to ensure at all. And the UN can go pound sand. Note that they don't want a military presence to clean up the country because it's the children's cousins and families who are the criminals. Oh, and they want the local corrupt police, some of whom are coyotes, to stay. Lovely. So it's not, let's fix Guatamala or Mexico or ElSalvador so we can go home, it's just, give us your home instead and we'll keep ours too.

33 posted on 07/22/2014 12:56:00 AM PDT by blueplum
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