Tuesday, May 4, 2010
10 Dumb Things Said About Arizona's Immigration Law & 8 Smart Things About Catholic Teaching on Immigration
Recently I commented briefly on how hostile comments by Cardinal Mahoney and Az. senator Russell Pearce won't help remedy the Arizona crisis over illegal aliens. Byron York lays out some of the dumbest things said about Arizona's immigration law.
Catholic teaching on immigration is fairly commonsensical:
1. There is a right to migrate. Illegally crossing a border to seek work is not an intrinsic evil like rape or murder.
2. That right is not absolute.
3. A nation-state has a duty to protect its citizenry and that entails controlling its borders.
4. That responsibility is to be carried out by moral means not by any means necessary.
5. The affluent have a moral obligation to aid the needy.
6. All have the responsibility to work so that they may share with others.
7. A host nation has the responsibility to determine how many immigrants it can welcome without impoverishing itself.
8. A Biblical people remember that they were once slaves in Egypt and should be accomodating to the stranger in their midst. Biblical people should be respected for their hospitality.
I found this quote in my notes unsourced: "Affluent societies that do not welcome babies will have to welcome immigrants if they hope to maintain economic vigor and commitments to the health and welfare of their populations. The issue is not who will do jobs that Americans don’t want. The issue is who will fill the ranks of a labor force that the retiring generation failed to replenish."
at 9:31 PM