A couple of remarks:
Today’s Mass reading told us we are to love our neighbors. Okay, but then the question arises: just who are our neighbors? Is someone from the other side of the border just as important as someone who lives on my street? Who decides? I think the family next to me and the families down my street are more important that anybody from across the way. But then we are all descended from immigrants, but that must be taken with the frame that our ancestors came here legally. As opposed to illegally. I’m okay with immigration in general, but we need a more sane policy to deal with them in a manner that honors the American worker.
It’s difficult for me to reconcile the admission of so many legal and illegal immigrants at the same time we have over 90 million adult Americans not in the work force and we are admitting 4 million new American entries to that work force every year from high school and college. Who decides?
Finally … I’ve worked in Minnesota and come to realize the part that many Christian and Catholic agencies have taken enormous sums from the federal government to aid in resettling refugees around our country. It’s not only Catholic Charities but also other agencies from the Lutherans, Episcopalian and Methodist denominations … for all of these, refugee resettlement funds are a huge cash cow that I’m sure they are not only unwilling to let it go, they may even be lobbying their religious leaders to keep it going. Follow the money, in other words …