Home and family. The people who crossed the border via fraud, trespass, or trafficking, or remained in the USA using forged papers and stolen identities, have homes and families in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador. We should respectfully send them back. They should respectfully go.
Care and compassion. There's no need to be callous toward a person who is sick and hungry. Give them some food and decent clothing for their bus trip south. Notify a Mexican hospital that they're on their way.
Patience and kindness. What if it's a case of somebody's immigration status being screwed up by some inadvertent paperwork mistake or U.S. bureaucratic blunder? Fine. They need some assistance. In the meantime they can stay as guests at Roger Mahony's place, 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010-2241.
I am not being sarcastic about this. We can have a decent and lawful society, show sincere care for human needs, fight the cruelty of crime and corruption, and even give honest people a path to U.S. citizenship --- a path that starts back in Tegucigalpa or Michoacan --- all under the patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
We're not wrong for wanting to do it right.
I agree, 100%. I *cannot* understand why the Catholic heirarchy supports the exploitation of illegal immigrant labor by American employers. (The same economic illiterates support driving up the cost of American labor through minimum wage increases, benefit mandates, etc., etc. ... I'd like to beat them over the head with "Basic Economics" until they see some sense ... but I digress.)
Don't they see that this is, effectively, enslaving the migrant for the benefit of the citizen, which the Bible explicitly condemns?
There is soon to be no distiction between Mexico, Canada and the USA. And if Vincente Fox(CNN 10/8/07) is correct we will have a common currency by 2010. These Mexicans are our fellow Catholics and if God sees fit to punish this great land of ours because of our hedonistic culture I look forward to a huge influx of Catholics taking over. Our country which is still the greatest in the world is basicall Protestant and therefore flawed in my humble opinion. Attacking Bishops is not necessary. Jesus, I trust in You!