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Cardinal Mahoney inveighs against Arizona immigration law April 20, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, silliness.

Cardinal Mahoney, the soon to be retired Primate of Los Angeles, doesn’t like a new immigration reform bill about to be passed in Arizona.  Fr. Z has the article and comments (in red):

Cardinal Mahony compares Arizona immigration bill to Nazism, Communism
April 20, 2010

Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles has offered strong criticism of a measure passed by the Arizona legislature that would require police to arrest suspected illegal immigrants who are unable to provide documentation. The bill, if signed into law, would also make it illegal to hire day laborers off the street and to transport an illegal immigrant. [Note well: At issue is the ability of people who are in the USA illegally.  They are “illegal immigrants”.]

[The Cardinal continues:] “The Arizona legislature just passed the country’s most retrogressive, mean-spirited, and useless anti-immigrant law [SB 1070, awaiting the expected signature of Gov. Jan Brewer],” Cardinal Mahony wrote on April 18. “The tragedy of the law is its totally flawed reasoning: that immigrants come to our country to rob, plunder, and consume public resources.” [I doubt that many people in the USA illegally are intending to “plunder”.  But some are.  It would be nice to be able to prevent those who have that intention from carrying out their plans to commit crimes.  However, I do believe that quite a few people coming into the USA illegally do have the intention of consuming public resources.  No?  And if it is only a matter of a very few, it would still be good to know who they are and what their reasons are.  Are they truly refugees?  Do they need other forms of assistance?]

“The law is wrongly assuming that Arizona residents, including local law enforcement personnel, will now shift their total attention  [“total”?  Why does it have to be “total”?] to guessing which Latino-looking or foreign-looking person may or may not have proper documents,” he added. [I am guessing that His Eminence is not a supporter of profiling.] “I can’t imagine Arizonans now [Here it comes:] reverting to German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques whereby people are required to turn one another in to the authorities on any suspicion of documentation.”  [That would be a “no” vote from Card. Mahony.]

Although the measure would require police to ask for documents if there is a “reasonable suspicion” that a person is an illegal immigrant, The Los Angeles Timesnoted that the bill “would not require people to report suspected illegal immigrants to authorities, as [Cardinal] Mahony intimated.” 

Now, keep in mind, we are talking about illegal immigrants.  People who broke the law to enter the United States. Reasonable people can disagree about what is the best way to deal with illegal immigration and still not call each others Nazi’s and communists.  People in the rest of the country have no idea how severe the illegal immigrant problem is in southern Arizona – it’s way worse than anywhere else, including the Texas-Mexico border.  Ranchers get murdered, livestock is killed, fences are cut, rape is epidemic, and law and order is overwhelmed.  The United States, as a sovereign nation, has the right to set laws regarding the control of their borders – as do the several states.  Mexico certainly feels that way- it has far more draconian immigration laws than the US, and enforces them brutally.

The Catholic Church does not teach that wealthy nations have to allow unconstrained immigration.   Nations can make laws regarding immigration regulating it, and immigrants bear the burden of meeting those laws.  That is not the current situation being addressed in Arizona.  While US immigration laws are a disastrous mess, that does not give people the right to break them with abandon.  If that were the case, none of us would pay federal income taxes.

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