Skip to comments.Obama Administrationís Border-Crisis Plan B: Use the Catholic Church
Posted on 07/11/2014 4:42:44 AM PDT by NYer
"In order to avoid future clashes with the citizens of Murrieta, Calif., over attempts to transfer illegal immigrants there, the Obama administration has turned to an unusual bedfellow: the Catholic Church. Deacon Luis Sanchez of the Diocese of San Bernardino tells National Review Online that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent approached the diocese on July 2, 2014, and expressed his desire for the Church to help in helping these families reach their destination. Since that time, he says, diocesan officials have spoken on the phone with ICE, and they held a planning meeting on Monday.
John Andrews, the dioceses director of communications who attended the planning meeting, tells NRO that the idea is to set up transitional centers where volunteers and representatives from Catholic Charities would provide food, medical, and spiritual care for families who have been processed at a Border Patrol station. He says he hopes to help the people pushed out of Murrieta, and would need to accommodate 140 people arriving every three days. Andrews says he expects the centers will house mostly mothers and their children for one or two days. But if theres a situation where a family needs to stay longer than a day or two, he says that placing illegal immigrants with a local family would represent a very viable option.#ad#
Andrews says several of the parishes within the diocese might be used as part of the plan, but he would not provide details about the locations he disclosed at Mondays planning meeting. He has withheld such details, he says, because he does not want to invite the type of folks who gathered in Murrieta to protest to disrupt their plans. They [the Murrieta protesters] dont see the immigrant in the same way we do, which is as a human being thats created in Gods image with dignity, just like everyone else, he says.
Some Church officials appear to take the view that the type of folks who gathered in Murrieta must be seen differently from the immigrants. In her blog, Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that images of the Murrieta protesters recalled the fire hoses and snarling police dogs in Birmingham, Alabama, used against African-American students protesting racial segregation. The images also reminded her of a picture of a little girl in North Vietnam running terrified and naked with burning skin after South Vietnamese planes accidently dropped napalm on Trang Bang in 1972. Walsh referred derisively to the mob in Murrieta, and wrote that she awaits a moral conscience moment similar to what occurred with the passage of civil-rights legislation 50 years ago and the moment when the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam.
Parishioners in San Bernardino do not uniformly share Walshs view of illegal immigrants flooding into their community, however. One couple who attended the planning meeting called into Rush Limbaughs radio show to offer an alternative position. Eddie, a caller identifying himself as a retired doctor, said hes concerned about the spread of illnesses that might result from the plan put together by the Obama administration and the Catholic Church. Weve got FEMA facilities that can provide medical care, housing, nutrition and clothing, safety and transportation, and stabilize the situation so that these people can be reintegrated or be dealt with, Eddie said. But to put us and subject us to health-care problems, risk, whatever you want to call it, seems to be an incompetence on behalf of the government when they themselves, these different agencies are not talking to each other.
It may come as a surprise that government officials are collaborating with the Catholic Church, given recent conflict between the two. The Little Sisters of the Poor faced hefty fines when they challenged the Obamacare contraception mandate. While the Obama administration objects to the kind of health care the Little Sisters would like to provide their employees, it is working on a plan with the Diocese of San Bernardino to allow Catholic Church officials to provide medical attention to illegal immigrants, according to Andrews. And though Massachusetts state government officials have shuttered Catholic Charities adoption service, churchgoers in California may soon be permitted by federal government officials to house entire families in their homes.
The Los Angeles ICE office did not return requests for comment about the plan, and Sanchez and Andrews would not disclose the name of the ICE official who has worked with the diocese. But if the plan described by Andrews comes through, the Obama administration may begin using the Catholic Church to shepherd immigrants all over the country.
Although Baptist leaders have worked with the Obama administration for weeks, they've not received any clear guidance as to what role churches will be able to play in ministering to the unaccompanied children.
Odumbo created the crisis and now shifts the burden of supporting all those kids to the church, one of the churches he despises? The Muzzie PIG!.
Can’t we just give these invaders Canada and be done with this mess?
The Catholic Church is a lot of things.
One of those things is that it’s a big bureaucracy. The first thing bureaucracy must do before anything else is ensure it is perpetuated.
The Catholic Church thinks that these kids will be good Catholics and help perpetuate it and thus the bureaucracy.
So Obama and the Catholic Church are natural allies in this.
They are both acting against America in this as well.
Both Democrats and Catholics will suffer the political consequences.
Yes. But, Christians must do their Christian duty, despite that, despite the cynical behavior of the fedgov and the mush headedness of the Bishops.
They [the Murrieta protesters] dont see the immigrant in the same way we do, which is as a human being thats created in Gods image with dignity, just like everyone else, he says.”
That is a slur you son of a bitch and one hurled in assistance of an attack on the Law of the greatest nation ever to rise in History, The United States of America.
1. Well it is California.
2. Oh for crying out loud!.
3. Well at least tax payers won't be paying for them.
4. It is the right thing to do.
5. For a guy who has no stones, he has a lot of stones.
6. Thanks San Bernadino, now the Church will be drug through the mud for days on Free Republic.
7. Well the Church does have the resources and know how to get this done.
This is the flow of thoughts currently running through my head.
Look at what is happening with his black base - they support him even though he has done NOTHING to raise the black families out of violence and poverty and smirks as they blindly support his 3% blackness.
He throws them a ‘shout out’ and they swoon. The Catholic Church will do the very same.
This, the man who hates the CC with the fury of a thousand drag queens who have been denied admittance to the ladies’ restrooms.
You have bought into some nonsensical screed. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Throughout its history, the Catholic Church has ministered to the downtrodden. During WWII, catholics housed Jews, providing them with false documents like baptismal certificates. This was corroborated by a Jewish co worker whose family hid her in a convent. She described the loving care she received from the nuns who also ensured she received education in her Jewish faith. At no time did anyone ever suggest she convert.
Not far from me is a home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor. They provide living arrangements for the poorest of the poor, regardless of their faith.
The immigrants are Catholic, and therefore their families, Latino and Catholic, will vote democrat?
“Polls released before the 2008 election demonstrated Americas Christian voters are no longer synonymous with the political right: a George Barna survey showed born-again Christians evenly split between John McCain and Barack Obama, and a Public Religion Research study found that even among white Evangelicals, touchstone issues like abortion and same-sex marriage werent in their top five voting considerations.”
It's a conundrum. A similar scenario is playing out in the Middle East where christian refugees are flooding Lebanon. Like us, they lack the resources to handle the tremendous influx. And, like here, there are criminals in the mix. However, in the Middle East, it is the Catholic Church that has stepped forward to provide assistance through Aid to the Church in Need.
And when the “Christian’s” balk at having to support those thousands, odoumbo can claim them as hypocrites. Plan C!
Despite what many of you think you know. The Catholic Church educates a ton of kids in inner cities that are not Catholic. A lot of these parish schools have more kids who not Catholic in them then are Catholic. Catholic hospitals serve all, rich and poor. Catholic or not no strings attached.
Also btw in many of the past humanitarian crisis that have occurred the Catholic Church has worked with many other religious organizations to help people of all faiths. The St. Vincent DePaul society and every parish has a committee, will help anyone who can demonstrate need. Anyone! Pretty tired of the bashing and snide remarks.
Of course I would prefer that people do as Bert did and come legally. But that horse is already out of the barn. Now we must deal with this and if the Church can take some of the burden off the taxpayers they should be thanking us instead of bashing us.
People get on here and bash the Church and the Vatican for the money we have. What the Hell do they think we do with all that money? When Katrina hit my parish literally had a truck load of water, blankets, diapers, clothes etc. headed for NOLA the day before the levies failed. Who do they think paid for that? Who do they think pays for low income kids to go to parish schools thereby alleviating the public schools of the burden to educate those kids, plus in states with school levies, we still pay for the public schools that we do not use.
As you can see I am fed up and Father and I will have a lot to talk about come Saturday!
He does that so if there are any problems he can then blame the Catholic Church for ITS failure.
He's a master at blame-shift. That keeps him of having the "buck" stopping at his desk. He's a COWARD, bully and a "great do-nothing mystifier." That was my husband's name for politicians like him.
All that you said is true. The Catholic Church has been around almost 2000 years and KNOW how to take care of ALL of God's creations. They've been doing it a LOT longer than the pimp we have as a president.
The Catholic Church's CATHOLIC CHARITIES is so good, thorough, efficient and honest that the USA gives out its foreign aid VIA the Catholic Charities. Of course, Israel gets 50% of our foreign aid to fight its fight against the terrorists over there.
As O'Reilly said, Obama is in the running to be one of the five WORST presidents this country has ever had.
**The Catholic Church will do the very same.**
OR encounter the injured children by the side of the road as the Good Samaritan did?