When I become Pope, I am making it mandatory that all Bishops be required to take a course in Constitutional Law and Macroeconomics.
.- In recent months, national debates over immigration and deportation have reached a fever pitch in the wake of President Trump's election.
But for Archbishop Jose Gomez, both Catholic principles and the history of America as a home to people from a variety of backgrounds means that the immigration debate has higher stakes than just law enforcement or national sovereignty.
“For me, and for the Catholic Church in this country, immigration is about people. It is about families,” the archbishop said in a March 23 talk at the Catholic University of America.
“We are talking about souls, not statistics.”
How about this statistic? Mexico deports more illegal aliens per year than the United States. Not only that, it is a FELONY to be an illegal alien in Mexico.
“These are just ordinary moms and dads – just like your parents – who want to give their kids a better life.”
Yup. Just like my parents. Except for the whole braking the law thing.
The archbishop noted that almost all Americans are of immigrant heritage. “But immigration to this country has never been easy.” He pointed out that immigrant groups like the Irish have faced discrimination and hardship.
The Archbishop is right - it wasn't easy to leave the home country for a new life in America. But they did it anyway. LEGALLY.
We 'benefit' and depend every day on an economy that is built on the backs of undocumented workers. It is just a fact.
Supply and demand, Bishop. Increased numbers of unskilled workers drives down the price paid for workers. Somebody suffers - poor citizens, especially young Black men.
“Something we should think about: the first non-indigenous language spoken in this country was not English. It was Spanish. We need to really think about what the means,” he said.
I've thought about it and have one question - so what? There are no states that are predominantly Spanish speaking. None of the original states had a lot of Spanish speakers. The Roman invaders of England spoke Latin, which means it was spoken in England before English (which is Germanic anyway).