“TALKING POINTS” from NumbersUSA is good reference material for purposes of communicating opinions to the U.S. Senate — telephone calls and emails are probably most effective today and tomorrow and perhaps Wednesday, since faxes are not generally read, so I’m told, by the Senate offices.
I am more than tired as I write this so am likely to make my fair share of typos and perhaps not provide as much detail as I would otherwise in the following, but, about H.R. 4437 — the “Sensenbrenner legislation,” (“Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005”) I believe the Senate should pass H.R. 4437 without modification and do so immediately but they are bogged down in who can be first to provide more Green Cards, “earned amnesty” and purchase American citizenship, American taxpayer funded college tuition for illegal aliens, front-line placement before our society for jobs, education and other services and privilege under the Affirmative Action — one of the most egregious and offensive misrepresentations about H.R. 4437 to my view is how it has been lobbied against by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (“USCCB“) and Cardinal Mahoney, specifically, in Los Angeles, CA and also by some Bishops in Mexico (no surprise there).
They have falsely represented H.R. 4437 — as has even Senator Hillary Clinton — as posing threat of imprisonment and fines upon “Good Samaritans” and in Hillary Clinton’s terrible nonsense, upon “even Christ Himself,” while H.R. 4437 includes no such portent or plans. In the case of Cardinal Mahoney, he has instructed people of faith to gather and pray against the legislation, to “pray for it’s defeat” by alleging that it will penalize those who chose to act on faith and assist “the stranger” among us.
I’m still puzzled why “the stranger” is or should be synonymous with “illegal alien” or why it’s suggested that as people of faith we are to welcome only the illegal alien stranger or only the stranger who is engaged in illegal activity or…it’s nonsense. Christ asks us to welcome the stranger, to be of service to those in need, to pay special attention to those MOST in need (“remember the widow and orphan” and those who are helpless otherwise, sick or without capabilities, those MOST in need — but also to be of service to them and others by giving of ourselves, not necessarily nor limited to only giving by goods and money but of genuine charity, the gift of love and compassion); but Christ does not ask us to “welcome the stranger” by ignoring or encouraging thier bad deeds and sins — to condone the sin, to not reprimand the sin is to encourage the sin. Christ doesn’t say we are to welcome and encourage those who are acting wrongly by way of encouraging their wrongdoing.
I believe that Mahoney and these American Catholic Bishops, among others, do exactly what Christ cautioned against and that is mislead the trusting, a type of terrible usery of Christ Himself, to lead astray from the message of Christ his followers. I am sure that Cardinal Mahoney locks up his wonderful new Church in Los Angeles from dusk until dawn to keep out all those strangers who may have needs and be otherwise without resources. The point is not to judge others for not being charitable nor malign them nor attempt to shame them and attempt subterfuge of the work of others because you regard your charity as more charitable than that of others — which is, in effect, the reasoning and behavior of persons without charity. Worse, it is represented from a point of officialdom from within the Church itself, and so far greater the offense.
Welcome the stranger, yes, but that does not say nor mean, “welcome the illegal alien” or “welcome those who steal” or refuse to welcome the strangers from across the street or next door but welcome the strangers from another country only. Mahoney and others like him have manipulated this wonderful instruction by Christ about generosity, perhaps to service individual socio-political interests and opinions, using the Church to do so, which is, in effect, a misrepresentation of Christ’s Church.
H.R. 4437 does not threaten to penalize or criminalize churches who provide aid to the needy and suffering. It does present a process by which people who traffic in human smuggling are to be penalized. If Cardinal Mahoney is admitting to being engaged in human trafficking by not admitting it outright but asking for the prayers of the faithful to try to avoid responsibility otherwise, then that’s a layer of intent and action as yet unrevealed to the general public. However, to misrepresent H.R. 4437 in context and intent as Mahoney and the Catholic Bishops have done — certainly as Senator Hillary Clinton has done — is offensive to me, and particuarly to me as a person of Christian faith and principle.
From that webpage from NumbersUSA, there is this:
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT H.R. 4437
“The House-passed bill (H.R. 4437) does not target churches and aid providers as some have claimed. Broad language prohibiting the encouragement of illegal immigration has always existed in the alien smuggling statute and these amendments do not change that. The same is true of transportation. Prosecutorial discretion has always been exercised to avoid any gray areas, and the Department of Justice is unaware of any effort by federal prosecutors to use the statute in the manner claimed by some critics.”
And, as I write this, the U.S. Senate has resumed the argument process by which some there attempt to indulge an illegal alien population of — so they allege — twelve or twenty million (depending upon who you listen to and how old their information is), while the opinions of many times that number of American citizens remains in limbo. Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama has been wonderfully clear and outspoken in the Senate as a voice of reason among a lot of nonsense otherwise, as have Representatives James Sensenbrenner (Rep./WS), Dana Rohrbacher (Rep./CA), Tom Tancredo (Rep./CO) and J.D. Hayworth (Rep./AZ), among others:
From March 31, 2006, and previously linked here, earlier thread:
“House conservatives yesterday issued a dire warning to President Bush and Republican leadership that they will pay a devastating political price if they proceed with a guest-worker program or anything resembling amnesty for illegal aliens before securing the borders and enforcing existing immigration laws.
“‘They will remember in November,’ Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Arizona Republican, said of voters nationwide. ‘And many of those who have stood with our Republican majority in the last decade are not only angry, many of them plan to be absent from the polls’ this year when the entire House and one-third of the Senate is up for re-election.
“Mr. Hayworth and more than a dozen other House Republicans pointed to polls that show overwhelming support for their strict-enforcement stance and advised Mr. Bush and GOP leaders in both chambers to ‘listen to the common sense of the American people.’ One Republican, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California, fired a warning shot specifically at Sen. John McCain. The Arizona Republican widely expected to be a 2008 presidential hopeful at that moment was holding a press conference across the Capitol with, among others, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.
“‘Those elected officials who are insisting on a guest-worker program and diluting the efforts of border security and internal enforcement are telling the American people exactly whose side they are on,’ Mr. Rohrabacher said. ‘The American people now have that opportunity to make that determination, and they will. Senator McCain and others will find out about that, when they find their own career is short term.’
“Those sentiments were only buttressed, the lawmakers said, by the images in recent days across the country of thousands marching in opposition to tough immigration reform.
“‘I say if you are here illegally and want to fly the Mexican flag, go to Mexico and wave the American flag,’ said Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr., Virginia Republican…”
Our nation is defined by our U.S. Constitution and our Constitution defines our nation as one governed by the rule of law. We are a nation of citizens, organized by our Constitution in lawful acceptance of our Constitution and the organizing principle of the rule of law. To denigrate and discourage any or all of that is to oppose the very heart and soul of the United States, to oppose our organizational document, the Constitution, upon which the nation becomes more than geography and land mass. Without the Constitution, without American citizenship, the country is non-existent. And, citizenship is not sold, purchasable nor exchanged for other goods and services or terms and favoritism.
Do we change the laws to accommodate wrongdoing, or, continue to require wrongdoing to become reconciled with the law? Most Americans agree (and have always agreed) that wrongdoing should be penalized and that those who engage in it — worse, with intent — have earned penalty, not reward. I prize my American citizenship but I am ashamed of those who denigrate it, and that today appears to include some among our very own United States Senate. But, thanks and much appreciation to those in our Senate who have remained steadfast in rallying to persevere as representatives of us American people.