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Bishop Slattery calls for secure borders, immigration reform [Tulsa, OK]
Catholic Culture.org ^ | May 07, 2010

Posted on 05/07/2010 7:05:42 AM PDT by Alex Murphy

As Oklahoma legislators ponder legislation on immigration, Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa has issued a statement calling for secure borders and immigration reform.

“It is the clear teaching of the Catholic Church that sovereign nations have the right to control their borders; but the corollary of this teaching must also be upheld: when our nation’s demand for labor attracts a massive number of potential immigrants, the United States must do what it can to establish an orderly process whereby needed workers can enter the country in a legal, safe and dignified manner to obtain jobs or to reunite themselves with family members,” Bishop Slattery said in his statement.

He continued:

However in recent years, the federal government has neither protected the sovereignty of our borders, nor has it provided a realistic means for workers to enter the country legally. Instead it has allowed millions of immigrants to enter the country illegally for the sake of our economy; while leaving it to state and local governments to deal with the resultant chaos of millions of valuable workers who have no legal identity, no automobile insurance (and are unable to obtain it), no health coverage (with no funds to pay for it) and no means of acquiring legal residency …

Without detailing the deficiencies either of the new law in Arizona or of the proposed legislation in Oklahoma, let me propose five principles which might serve to guide our work in implementing comprehensive immigration reform:



TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: aliens; freform; immigration
"....when our nation’s demand for labor attracts a massive number of potential immigrants, the United States must do what it can to establish an orderly process whereby needed workers can enter the country in a legal, safe and dignified manner to obtain jobs or to reunite themselves with family members....”

....let me propose five principles which might serve to guide our work in implementing comprehensive immigration reform:


1 posted on 05/07/2010 7:05:42 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

It sounds logical, and I’ve always favored a guest-worker approach, but those workers should be BONDED and SPONSORED by employers who can prove that these workers have health care insurance.

As soon as such workers begin leaching off of us, they should be deported and the sponsor fined/billed for any costs incurred.

Also, any “guest-worker” must leave the country to apply for any form of citizenship.


2 posted on 05/07/2010 7:10:08 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Alex Murphy

This is reasonable. I don’t necessarily agree with granting legal status to those who are already here illegally, but at least he’s acknowledging that we need to control our borders, and have the right to do so. I also find it encouraging that at least one bishop recognizes the partisan aspect of many of the proposals for immigration reform.

I wrote him a note thanking him for his offering of the Extraordinary Form Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and he sent a nice note back. He’s a good bishop and a good man.


3 posted on 05/07/2010 7:28:03 AM PDT by B Knotts (Impeach Obama)
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To: Alex Murphy

If the people coming over that border were majority any-other-faith-but-catholic, he’d have kept his mouth shut.


4 posted on 05/07/2010 7:30:24 AM PDT by Grunthor (Over YOUR dead body!)
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To: Alex Murphy
His full statement:

Having failed to solve the nation’s health care crisis, the federal government now appears incapable of resolving or even tackling the national problem of illegal immigration unless forced to the issue by those states (Arizona first, then Texas, and now possibly Oklahoma) which have accepted the necessity of doing what they can on the state level to stop the flow of illegal immigrants.

Illegal immigration is an issue which concerns every American; but the issues are complex and unless we are willing to recognize the fundamental human rights with which the Creator endows each individual - and enact laws which respect those human rights - our legislative response to the problem of uncontrolled illegal immigration will be the creation of an underclass of hunted, marginalized families, whose children belong neither to this country nor to the land of their parents.

It is the clear teaching of the Catholic Church that sovereign nations have the right to control their borders; but the corollary of this teaching must also be upheld: when our nation’s demand for labor attracts a massive number of potential immigrants, the United States must do what it can to establish an orderly process whereby needed workers can enter the country in a legal, safe and dignified manner to obtain jobs or to reunite themselves with family members.

However in recent years, the federal government has neither protected the sovereignty of our borders, nor has it provided a realistic means for workers to enter the country legally. Instead it has allowed millions of immigrants to enter the country illegally for the sake of our economy; while leaving it to state and local governments to deal with the resultant chaos of millions of valuable workers who have no legal identity, no automobile insurance (and are unable to obtain it), no health coverage (with no funds to pay for it) and no means of acquiring legal residency.

These workers are not unknown to us. They live in our neighborhoods and pray with us at Mass. We benefit every day from their labor in framing and painting our houses, roofing our office buildings, finishing new cement for us, harvesting and processing our food, and serving us in our restaurants. These men and women broke the law by entering the country illegally; but they did this with the tacit permission of the federal government and most have since become part of the fabric of everyday life in America.

Without detailing the deficiencies either of the new law in Arizona or of the proposed legislation in Oklahoma, let me propose five principles which might serve to guide our work in implementing comprehensive immigration reform:

• First the Federal government must find a way to protect its borders;
• Some way must be found to give the 11-12 million undocumented workers presently in the country some form of legal status. This need not include citizenship and should exclude anyone convicted of a felony;
• The creation of various avenues for migrants to enter the country legally based on a formalized agreement between employers and the immigration office.
• The restoration of due process protections for immigrants; and
• A bi-partisan, non-political approach to the problem which avoids the political temptation of promoting immigration reform in such a way as to gain political advantage over one’s political opponents.

Civilizations and cultures have always been enriched by the peaceful movement of peoples – languages enrich one another with new expressions and greater vocabulary, new ways of cooking are learned and enjoyed, religious and cultural customs educate, and the human spirit becomes enlivened and excited in the process. America has benefited from every wave of immigrants which has come to these shores. Whether brought here in slave ships or in the fevered holds of the Irish Famine Ships, whether they come as refugees from political and religious oppression or as men and women who flee extreme poverty, each immigrant group has strengthened this country. The same is true today for the illegal immigrants in our midst from Ireland, Honduras, Mexico, or Poland.

These are my suggestions, but in the meantime we must recognize that all men and women are equal whether they are United States citizens or not. The command of Christ is that we love one another and He meant this to be universal.

Nice to see at least one of our bishops FULLY gets it.

5 posted on 05/07/2010 7:32:35 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: Alex Murphy

Are they coming here to work, or are they coming here to detach the Southwest and claim it for Mexico?


6 posted on 05/07/2010 7:35:15 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator ( . . . Uqera'tem deror ba'aretz, lekhol yosheveyha . . .)
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To: B Knotts
"but at least he’s acknowledging that we need to control our borders"

I hope we hear more of this from the Bishops in the future.

7 posted on 05/07/2010 7:42:09 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: Alex Murphy
Thanks for addition.

Related:

(Priest) Cites Church Stand Against Illegal Immigration
Agonizing in Arizona – A Pastoral Pondering on Immigration Policy
[Bill 1070] Makes Arizona An Instant Epithet
Immigration, Politics, and the Church (Ecumenic)
Bishop Slattery calls for secure borders, immigration reform [Tulsa, OK]

8 posted on 05/07/2010 7:48:51 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: Grunthor
If the people coming over that border were majority any-other-faith-but-catholic, he’d have kept his mouth shut.

Any proof to back that up?

Don't forget... these immigrants have more needs than many other parishioners, their communities produce few priests, and that they contribute little financially... and most importantly, the bishop will probably catch grief for speaking against the 'party line'

9 posted on 05/07/2010 7:51:39 AM PDT by GCC Catholic (0bama, what are you hiding? Just show us the birth certificate...)
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To: markomalley

Amen to that!


10 posted on 05/07/2010 7:59:04 AM PDT by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: GCC Catholic

“Don’t forget... these immigrants have more needs than many other parishioners”

And who are they going to go to for help? Why the same organization that they have always gone to, the catholic church. Making the church in America feel relevant to someone....anyone again.


11 posted on 05/07/2010 8:01:35 AM PDT by Grunthor (Over YOUR dead body!)
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To: Grunthor
Nice spin... you've made it sound as though having millions of people drawing on an overdrawn social structure is a good thing...

Why must you speak badly of one of the few American bishops coming up on the right side of this?

12 posted on 05/07/2010 8:09:22 AM PDT by GCC Catholic (0bama, what are you hiding? Just show us the birth certificate...)
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To: GCC Catholic
"bishop will probably catch grief for speaking against the 'party line'"

But then again, he might become a leader to the ones who may be in need of same...we'll see.

13 posted on 05/07/2010 8:09:59 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GCC Catholic

“Why must you speak badly of one of the few American bishops coming up on the right side of this?”

Why? Perhaps because he said the following;

“when our nation’s demand for labor attracts a massive number of potential immigrants, the United States must do what it can to establish an orderly process whereby needed workers can enter the country in a legal, safe and dignified manner to obtain jobs or to reunite themselves with family members,” Bishop Slattery said in his statement.”


14 posted on 05/07/2010 8:12:17 AM PDT by Grunthor (Over YOUR dead body!)
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To: Alex Murphy
Hey America, if we stop killing our babies and we won't need any illegal migrant workers.
15 posted on 05/07/2010 8:46:07 AM PDT by Americanexpat
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To: SJSAMPLE
We have people coming into this country every day legally then overstay their visas. The same will happen with this program unless we strictly enforce the law.
16 posted on 05/07/2010 8:48:18 AM PDT by Americanexpat
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To: Grunthor

yes... but then “HE CONTINUED.”

Take the statement IN CONTEXT not as an isolated snippet...


17 posted on 05/07/2010 9:40:27 AM PDT by GCC Catholic (0bama, what are you hiding? Just show us the birth certificate...)
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To: GCC Catholic

Ok, I’ll play;

• First the Federal government must find a way to protect its borders;

IOW enforce current law. He’s right on this...and it will never happen.

• Some way must be found to give the 11-12 million undocumented workers presently in the country some form of legal status. This need not include citizenship and should exclude anyone convicted of a felony;

IOW reward those who have broken into our country.

• The creation of various avenues for migrants to enter the country legally based on a formalized agreement between employers and the immigration office.

IOW reward those who have broken into our country.

• The restoration of due process protections for immigrants;

WHERE HAS DUE PROCESS FOR THESE I-L-L-E-G-A-L ALIEN LEECHES BEEN SUSPENDED?

• A bi-partisan, non-political approach to the problem which avoids the political temptation of promoting immigration reform in such a way as to gain political advantage over one’s political opponents.

Based on the political realities of our nation, this is unlikely, unrealistic and impossible. This man seems to favor ANY approach that rewards criminals for their crimes and allows the cancer to remain in place.


18 posted on 05/07/2010 9:47:40 AM PDT by Grunthor (Over YOUR dead body!)
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To: Americanexpat

I agree.
Brutal efficiency that would guarantee that anyone that’s here illegally would be shipped home.


19 posted on 05/07/2010 12:11:27 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Grunthor
This man seems to favor ANY approach that rewards criminals for their crimes and allows the cancer to remain in place.

A sweeping generalization, untrue at its face, per the Bishop's own statement as posted upthread.

What do you mean by "allow the cancer to remain in place"?

20 posted on 05/08/2010 6:39:33 AM PDT by GCC Catholic (0bama, what are you hiding? Just show us the birth certificate...)
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To: GCC Catholic

“What do you mean by “allow the cancer to remain in place”?”

The man’s suggestions mostly seemed to ensure that not only can the illegal parasites that are here get to stay, they get to be made legal as well. For that we get a promise of a secure border.

to that I say....1986.


21 posted on 05/08/2010 8:15:20 AM PDT by Grunthor (Over YOUR dead body!)
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