Jill Sergeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) 6/14/06 writes - "U.S. Catholic bishops on
Wednesday urged the U.S. Congress to resolve differences on immigration reform
and seize a 'historic moment' to give all of the estimated 12 million illegal
immigrants a path to citizenship."
Meeting in Los Angeles for their bi-annual conference, the bishops said an
enforcement-only approach to immigration had failed and that stronger border
fences and a piecemeal approach would do nothing to deter those seeking to find
work in the United States.
"Over the past 12 years, our government has spent $25 billion on enforcement
of our border. During the same period, the number of undocumented in the nation
has nearly doubled," said Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino, who heads the
U.S. Catholic Bishops committee on immigration.
"We urge congressional leaders and the President to seize this historic
moment and enact a just and humane immigration measure," Barnes told a news
"Either fix it, or five years from now there will be 20 million illegal
immigrants here," said Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, whose vow to disobey
any laws that would criminalize illegal immigrants and those who help them has
made him a leading voice in the national debate.
Lawmakers are struggling to reconcile a bill in the House of Representatives
that focuses strictly on border enforcement with a Senate bill that would also
create a temporary work program denounced by many conservatives as equivalent to
an amnesty for illegal immigrants.
The bishops said all undocumented workers currently in the United States
should be given a "viable and workable earned path to citizenship," not just
those who have been here longest.
They also backed a temporary worker program and reforms that would reduce
family immigration backlogs They acknowledged that the issue was emotional and
divisive. But they said they believed their lobbying of the past six months and
the mass immigrant marches around the nation were helping to change minds and
giving immigrants a human face.
"Why are we involved? Fundamentally it is because it is our Gospel mandate
... to welcome the stranger," Mahony said.
"The immigration debate ... is ultimately a humanitarian and moral issue," he
Mahony is at it again touting his support of the McKain/Kennedy Amnesty Bill
(SB2611)! As citizens mounting nationwide campaigns to end all public assistance
to illegal aliens, we could easily overlook an important source of "safety-net
assistance" to illegal aliens: government funding to "non-profit" groups who
knowingly and intentionally provide assistance to illegal aliens. Federal law
(USC Title 8, Chapter 12, subchapter II, Section 1324) has a name for this:
"aiding and abetting illegal immigration." It's a crime punishable by a fine
and/or jail time. Several seemingly "faith-based" groups are involved (Lutheran
Social Services, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, American Friends Service
Committee), but the largest is Catholic Charities USA.
Most people believe Catholic Charities is funded entirely by voluntary
donations, but they couldn't be more wrong. In FY 2002, over 60% of CCUSA
funding came from government grants and contracts, another term for "taxpayers'
money!" Don't let the ostensibly "religious" title fool you, because these
groups often promote a communistic/atheistic agenda.
Only by public disclosure of these groups and their activities can Citizens
demand that Congress cease funds to such groups. Since President Bush often
meets with "faith-based" representatives in the effort to increase
"immigration/refugee" numbers, contacting the President is futile.
Various Catholic Charities officials have openly admitted "aiding and
abetting," and the organization's website (www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/advocacy/legislative/index.cfm)
openly promotes its open borders agenda:
"Welcome Refugees, Asylees, and Immigrants
Immigrants-including documented and undocumented workers, refugees, and
asylees come to the U.S. seeking a better life for themselves and their
families. Often, they are fleeing racial, religious, social, or political
persecution in their home countries.
All immigrants are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity. To this
end, CCUSA promotes legislative reforms to restore federal benefits to legal
immigrants, increase admissions of refugees and asylees, create better
opportunities for illegal aliens to earn legalization, allow aliens to reunite
with their families more easily, and improve protections for immigrants under
federal laws, including labor laws."
Those agencies who openly aid and abet illegal immigration and in other ways
"bite the hand that feeds them" is not only an insult to every American
taxpayer, but an indictment to every government official charged with
administering public money. Giving taxpayers' money to groups who openly defy
our laws is an outrage!
Oregonian Barbara Anderson published a website report to Catholic Citizens of
Illinois how two "Catholic Charities" groups use taxpayers' money to undermine
and violate our laws.
"Time was when the poor widow in the pew gave her mite, assured that she was
helping someone even more vulnerable than she was. That is no longer true, as
the money being given may or may not end up feeding the poor, clothing the
naked, etc. Two of the "Catholic" charities sanctioned by the bishops have
become circuitous routes leading to unexpected ends." 1
Stephanie Blank "exposed the labyrinth of entities used to divert money to
causes most Catholics would not support. CCHD is not a Catholic charity,
strictly speaking, as its literature casually points out. From money given by
Catholics, grants are made mainly to groups who agitate, politically and
otherwise, for causes many Catholics know nothing about, and would not give
their money to, if they knew. A current prominent cause is the promotion of
illegal immigration. This takes the shape of supporting groups who are formed to
lobby politically for illegal immigration. It is one example of how money is
spent, mostly without the knowledge or acquiescence of Catholics who do not want
to aid and abet lawbreakers (illegal aliens). Catholics have always been taught
to obey the laws of their countries, and that the end does not justify the
Catholic Charities USA indicates on its website the amount of lobbying being
done to influence lawmakers to effect its "social justice" programs. CCUSA also
mentions that it helps all people, regardless of race, religion, etc. It, too,
advocates aggressively for illegal immigration. Most of its advocacy could have
been lifted from the Democrat platform. For example, CCUSA lobbies for the DREAM
Act, which would allow children of illegal immigrants to take advantage of
in-state tuition. Since most colleges have tight enrollment capacity, this would
mean that some citizens would be passed over in favor of children of illegal
aliens. Even the term "illegal" is anathema to CCUSA and like-minded supporters,
who say that nobody should be classified as illegal. Of course, that is the term
the U.S. government gives to those who come into this country without
permission. CCUSA has been successful in blurring the line between legal and
illegal. Most people would support some legal immigration, with its checks and
balances, but more than seventy percent of Americans polled say they want
illegal immigration stopped. Apparently, the bishops have determined that this
country doesn't have enough poor people, so we must import poverty.
From birth (free for anyone who goes into a hospital in America) through Head
Start and higher education, through all the welfare systems, CCUSA is there to
lobby our lawmakers. It seems that the bishops have given up on pure charities,
such as St. Vincent de Paul, in favor of putting their considerable clout behind
lobbying government for their social justice programs. In some dioceses St.
Vincent de Paul is treated like the proverbial stepchild and receives little or
no support from the Catholic charities. Pro-life groups are given lip service,
but not the power of the bishops in personnel, publicity or funds. The U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops did not agree with the Vatican when it indicated
that politicians who publicly support pro-abortion groups and positions should
not be given communion. Dare we ask if it was because to do so would have
weakened its traditional allies, the Democrats, at election time?
Is pure charity and advocacy for life of no value to CCUSA? Is no tax too
great, no government welfare program too expensive and expansive, for support
from CCUSA? It is fair to ask if the bishops have lined up at the government
Could it be that "Islamic charities" aren't alone in providing a front for
activities that wouldn't stand up to public scrutiny? I can hear the outraged
howls as I suggest that groups under the "Catholic Charities" umbrella could be
equally guilty, but the facts are clear; Catholic Charities receives billions of
public dollars to serve an agenda that is not only opposed by most Americans,
but systematically undermines our entire legal and political system. On the
evening of September 26, 2003, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church (in Denver), the
Catholic Archdiocese at the highest level, welcomed the illegal alien Freedom
Riders on their way to Washington, DC to demand amnesty and benefits for all
illegal aliens in the United States.
The Catholic Church is credited with inventing the "City of Sanctuary"
program for illegal aliens. The Catholic Church has aided and abetted illegal
aliens since the late 1960's. They employ well-paid lobbyists to knock on
congressional doors to secure taxpayers' funds for the "branch" of the church
known as "Catholic Charities." These "Catholic Charities" organizations receive
billions of taxpayer dollars annually, with absolutely no oversight. They are
rolling in the dough to support a haven for illegal aliens and YOU are paying
"Taking America Back" means shining the light on such "religious" racketeers
as Cardinal Mahony and his "Catholic cronies" who steal from American taxpayers
to support lawbreaking illegal aliens. We can no longer allow traitors,
quislings and spineless sellouts to take over America. The United States has an
open borders advocate his first name is Roger and his last name is M-A-H-O-N-Y!
Importing poverty is what Cardinal Roger and his friends are all about.
Oh, and by the way, I'm a documented Catholic who was confirmed by Cardinal
1 Jill Sergeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) June 14,
2006 "U.S. Catholic bishops on Wednesday urged the U.S. Congress to resolve
differences on immigration reform and seize a 'historic moment' to give all of
the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship."
2 Barbara Anderson, "Bishops at the Trough,"
CatholicCitizens.org, March 8, 2005