Pope Francis Calls on U.S. to Welcome Illegal Immigrants

Pope Francis Calls on U.S. to Welcome Illegal Immigrants
by Robert Wilde 16 Jul 2014, 4:45 AM PDT 1723

In his message to the “Mexico/Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development,” Pope Francis characterized the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants that have crossed the U.S. southern border as a product of globalization, suggesting that the phenomenon is happening worldwide.

Francis proclaimed, “Despite the large influx of migrants present in all continents and in almost all countries, migration is still seen as an emergency, or as a circumstantial and sporadic fact, while instead it has now become a hallmark of our society and a challenge.”

Emmer McCarthy for Vatican Radio said Francis expressed his concern for “the tens of thousands of children who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence.” He further sympathized, saying that “this is a category of migrants… who cross the border with the United States under extreme conditions and in pursuit of a hope that in most cases turns out to be vain.” The Pope added that the amount of those willing to take the dangerous journey “are increasing day by day.”

The Argentinean pontiff claims that the illegal immigrants are “forced to emigrate, suffer, and often, die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes.”

Rebecca Hamilton reporting for Patheos wrote that Cardinal Parolin also addressed the Colloquium and stated: “Whether they are traveling because of poverty, or violence, or with the hope of reuniting with relatives on the other side of the border, it is urgent to protect them and help them because their vulnerability is greater and they are defenseless against any abuse or misfortune.”

Finally, the Pope called for everyone to have a new outlook toward “migrants and refugees” and that we should discard previous conceptions of “defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalization.” Moreover, the world should transform itself from a “throwaway culture” to a culture “capable of building a better, more just and fraternal world.”

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7 comments on “Pope Francis Calls on U.S. to Welcome Illegal Immigrants

  1. Excellent find, Catherine.

    Muchas gracias!

    : – )

  2. andrew65 on said:

    I wish Bergy would take a long walk on a short pier.

  3. Government officials and medics are being infected left and right. Of course, the overtime is piling up and that tab’s being handed to the taxpayer.

    Someone want to explain WHERE these illegals are being MIS-treated by American citizens and government officials?

    This is a criminal enterprise, run by criminals and wanted by criminals to further their own illegal and terroristic enterprises. The little ones are just body armor for them.

  4. You ever have one of them nightmares where you’re screaming at the top of your lungs but can’t make a sound? That’s where I’m at with this Obama papacy and Bergoglio tyranny.

  5. Josefa on said:

    this is someone’s letter to the editor, that of course, was never printed, but is making it’s way across email lists.. It is a piece of Americana, but there are some very cogent points.

    Dear Editor:*
    *So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is
    made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down
    the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being
    treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports
    of entry.*

    *Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr.
    Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of
    immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of
    Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand
    in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get*
    *down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to
    uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They
    made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and
    some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.*

    *They had waved good-bye to their birth place to give their children a new
    life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate
    into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare,
    no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and
    craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of

    *Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father
    fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany,
    Italy, France and Japan. None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave
    any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were
    Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were
    defending the United States of America as one people.*

    *When we liberated France, no one in those villages were looking for the
    French-American or the German-American or the Irish-American. The people of
    France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one
    country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking
    up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It
    would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to
    be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They
    stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.*

    *And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and
    privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of
    rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being
    faithful to their mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not what being an
    American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis
    Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard
    work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has
    become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they
    would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving
    foreign country flags.*

    *And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it
    happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration
    bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just


  6. This is one of my all-time favorite heroes of all times’ view on this, Pat Buchanan:
    and as usual dead on!

    The Brazil of North America
    Thursday – July 17, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    By Patrick J. Buchanan

    To observe the decades-long paralysis of America’s political elite in controlling her borders calls to mind the insight of James Burnham in 1964 — “Liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide.”

    What the ex-Trotskyite turned Cold Warrior meant was that by faithfully following the tenets of liberalism, the West would embrace suicidal policies that would bring about the death of her civilization.

    The crisis on our Southern border, where the left, and not only the left, is wailing that we cannot turn away desperate people fleeing wicked regimes and remain true to our liberal values, is a case in point.

    To assert that we cannot take all these people in, that we must send them back and seal out border for our survival, is to be called a variety of names — racist, xenophobe, nativist — all of which translate into “illiberal.”

    But as we continue our descent to Third World status, perhaps we should explore more deeply the “diversity” that has of late come to be regarded as America’s most treasured attribute.

    In 1960, we were not nearly so diverse. Nine in 10 Americans professed a Christian faith. Nine in 10 Americans traced their ancestry back to Europe. E Pluribus Unum. We were one nation and one people.

    Since then, we have become the Brazil of North America, a multiracial, multilingual, multiethnic, multicultural “universal nation” unlike any that has existed in the history of the West.

    And if we look abroad at those Western nations traveling along this perilous path with us, we can see clearly now our future

    Before the 1960s, Europe never knew mass immigration. And after the terrible ethnic cleansing of Germans after World War II, most of Europe’s nations were ethnically homogeneous.

    Several were not. Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, the USSR. At the end of the Cold War, with freedom, all three came apart. Where we had three nations, suddenly we had 24 and such sub-nations as South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Transnistria.

    Now Scots are seeking to break away from England, Catalans from Spain, Corsicans from France, Venetians from Italy and Flemish from Belgium, though these peoples have lived together for centuries.

    Crimeans have gone back to Russia, while Chechens and other peoples of the Caucasus are fighting to break free of Russia.

    The roots of these secessionist movements may be traced to economics, ethnicity, history, religion, language, culture and borders.

    Then there are the rising millions of Muslims in Europe who are not assimilating, as Catholic Irish and Catholic Germans did in a Protestant USA, but are replicating within the West the countries and cultures whence they came.

    They are separating themselves, by ethnicity, culture and faith, from the Western societies into which they have migrated.
    Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Dominicans, Somalis and Arabs in America also build replicas of the countries and cultures whence they came. Thus, we take on the aspect of an empire. And empires fall apart.

    The melting pot, rejected by our elites as an instrument of nativist bigots, is history.

    Libya, Syria and Iraq are coming apart, as did Sudan and Ethiopia. The Kurds seek to carve a nation out of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. A Sunni-Shia sectarian war impends.

    Christians are being persecuted, martyred and expelled from Islamic nations. In Myanmar, Muslims are brutalized by Buddhists. In Western China, ethnic Uighurs resort to terrorism in a war of secession to establish a new East Turkestan.

    Disintegration, separatism and secessionism, for racial, religious, and cultural causes, are a phenomenon common now to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Are we somehow immune?

    The world is boiling with racial, tribal, cultural and moral conflict. People carry in their hearts the seeds of these conflicts. The notion that they will come here and be converted into Ozzie-and-Harriet Americans may be a bit utopian.

    America is becoming a microcosm of a world on fire.

    Why are we doing this? Why are we inviting the world into the USA? Was there some grievous flaw in the America of Ike and JFK that must be expunged? Some sin for which we must do penance?

    What is coming is predictable, and has been predicted.

    By 2042, Americans of European ancestry will be a minority in a country built by Europeans. “Anglos” are now a minority in California, New Mexico and Texas. Hispanics will soon be the majority in all four border states with Mexico.

    And should Hispanics decide not to give their electoral votes to any presidential candidate who does not promise to erase the border with Latin America, that would mean the end of the United States as we know it.

    Americans are already deep in a culture war over morality — marijuana, abortion, same-sex marriage. We are already racially polarized over affirmative action and income inequality.

    And when we have ceased to be an English-speaking, Christian country and become instead an Asian-Hispanic-African-American-white nation, with large Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, agnostic and atheist minorities, and no defined borders, or common faith and culture, what holds us together?

    And when did we vote for this future?

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