Skip to comments.Denver Archdiocese Reacts To ICE Raid
Posted on 12/14/2006 7:01:59 AM PST by Alex Murphy
DENVER -- "The mass arrest of unauthorized workers in Colorado and across the country this week once again puts a human face on the flaws in our immigration system; a system that needs immediate and very serious reform.
As Ive said many times in the past, the Church supports the law. She supports our nations right to regulate immigration and secure our borders for the common good of all citizens. We also deeply respect the men and women who have the task of enforcing the law in difficult circumstances.
But as Catholics, we also need to vigorously question the timing, manner and focus of these latest arrests. Staged on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and barely two weeks before Christmas, these raids have disrupted hundreds of families in the immigrant community and frightened many thousands more. And while public officials have explained the reason for these raids as criminal identity theft, most of the real criminals the people who steal and sell the false identities so that undocumented immigrants can find work were not among those arrested.
Dramatic, get-tough arrests of more and more average workers will not solve our immigration crisis. In fact, such actions often engender more confusion and bitterness, and they dont strike at the root of the real issue: an immigration system that seems disconnected from the human and business realities of the American economy.
As we enter the last few days before Christmas, we urgently pray that God will grant our law enforcement authorities prudence, justice and restraint in carrying out their duties, and that members of Congress will act rapidly and with courage in fixing an immigration system that has clearly failed. Above all, we need to pray for the children and spouses of those persons who were arrested and face deportation at this sacred time of year.
Oh My God, now we've frightened thousands of illegals!
Oh the shame and remorse and guilt!
Let us pray that we find millions of the buggers,quaking
in their boots,and deport them right on Christmas day,
screaming children sick old people and all!
Would anyone with a brain raid the Irish illegals back east on St. Patrick's Day?
When these priests and bishops suddenly find they owe tens of thousands of dollars in back taxes because a bunch of illegals stole their social security numbers, I bet they will change their minds. Those rounded up weren't just here illegally, they were committing fraud - a felony - and something that will bar them from ever immigrating legally to this country. In other words, if amnesty for these people passes, they will be the only people to immigrate legally to the U.S. and be criminals. That's not the type of people that should be welcome here - felons! And in 5 yers, they would get voting rights!
I read a report where some Swift workers were not at work because of the holy day! Others who decided the buck was more important than their religion go swept up in the raid.
What is a person to do these days?
If the illegals don't like it, they can always go home!
The government has show more than enough restraint. As for the timing, it may have been more effective because no one expected it at this time.
We support the troops but oppose the war whine.
Samuel Francis didn't call the Republicans "The Dumb Party" without cause.
No they haven't. Immigrants are people here legally, and have no need to steal the identities of American citizens. They almost certainly hold their green cards jealously and aren't in jeopardy at all of being arrested for such violations.
Only aliens in the country illegally have this fear and disruption in their lives. And they should! It's a risk they accepted. And for them to go further and brazenly steal other people's identities simply shows the depth of their indifference and contempt for U.S. laws.
Nauseating that the Catholic Church - an entity that the United States was founded in defiance of - would stoop to playing these games and try to garner sympathy for this "community" of criminals who routinely smirk and laugh at the "gringo laws".
Guess the laughing and smirking dies down when the law shows up.
Americans should move into his church and refuse to leave. See how much "restraint" he'd call for then.
How polite of you, and what a great example you're setting me.