Contrary to the words of Leftists in the Church, the Church does speak about immigration, and has spoken for a long time about the proper relations people should have with countries and their governments.
This fact is vital to teach, since Leftist clerics are turning up the volume on their Deep State advocacy, while attempting to deceive the faithful about what Church teaching actually is.
As you read on, remember that the Church teaches that what we read in the Holy Scriptures about the Tower of Babel was a cautionary account, and not a field manual.
SSPX News reports on Cardinal Tagle, from the Philippines:
“On June 15, 2021, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, spoke at the close of the “Share the Journey” campaign, supported by Caritas Internationalis…
The Philippine cardinal urged states not to shut themselves up in selfishness and fear of foreigners: “At a time when the Covid-19 is supposed to lead to global solidarity, the end of the global campaign of Caritas Internationalis is an invitation to continue to share the journey with migrants, especially at this very difficult time…”
“The focus of this issue of Nouvelles de Chrétienté shows that immigration is not just a political and economic issue, but a religious one.”
“The new theological principles adopted at the Council on the Church and modernity, on the dignity of the human person, on interreligious dialogue, are underlying this debate.”” (Read the entire piece here.)
We also hear from NewsWars about the notorious Cardinal Gregory of Washington, DC:
“The archbishop of Washington, DC, Cardinal Wilton Gregory says Americans must welcome, protect, and share the United States with illegal aliens while urging Congress to pass amnesty.
During a press conference this week, coordinated by the pro-mass migration group American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC), Gregory urged members of Congress to pass an amnesty for the roughly 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the U.S.
“Catholic social teaching upholds the principle that every person has the right to live in his or her own homeland in security and dignity,” Gregory said. “However, when loss of work forces migration, we must welcome them, protect them and share our abundance with them.”” (The entire article can be read at this link.)
Note the moral blackmail: “You’re a bad Christian if you don’t let your country get invaded and illegally occupied by millions foreigners.”
This is a longstanding fixation of Leftists who manage to get into high positions. They want to dynamite the Church, particularly because the Church is the largest, and on of the only, international organizations which still teaches that sodomy is not marriage, that abortion is not health care, and that God is real. Bending the Church towards becoming a human trafficking racket rakes in billions from Uncle Sam, and ends in wiping the South of the map by population replacement. Would Cardinal Tagle or Archbishop Wilton Gregory care about that?
As SSPX News writes in response to these ideas, and their liberal inspiration:
“Liberalism, as an ideology, is totalizing. In every facet of Western life, from religion to politics, liberalism reigns supreme with few bothering to question either its intellectual underpinnings or its effects. As such, it is not uncommon to find Catholics, including traditional Catholics, who believe that at least some acceptance of the liberal order is good or at least permissible, despite what the Church has taught historically. It is even true that committed anti-liberals can fall into the trap of internalizing liberal inclinations due to the ideology’s ubiquity. Only the Catholic Church, the pillar and ground of the Truth, provides a pure horizon beyond liberalism.” (Read the entire piece here.)
Human trafficking + guilt tripping native-born Americans = “the immigration racket.”
There is no excuse for wiping the nation under your stewardship off the map, nor for lying to people about Church teaching.
The Stream discussed immigration from a Christian perspective here:
“Supporters of de facto open borders like to run to the Bible for ammo — many for the only time in their lives. They are particularly fond of citing Leviticus, “When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the stranger. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you.” (Leviticus 19:33.)
As a Christian, one must consider the corrosiveness of illegal immigration. We often hear talk of people forced to live in shadows. We know how often illegal immigrants in this country end up exploited. We know about the violent crimes too many of them commit. We hear less about how a vast majority of illegal immigrants are committing the crime of identity theft with the use of false documents. Overall, we see a system built on sin.
But let’s look at an example of a more subtle way illegal immigration is morally corrosive:
At a Home Depot in Van Nuys, California, a pavilion stands out in the parking lot. In the pavilion are day laborers, mostly legal aliens, who have been cleared to legal work in the United States. However, circulating around the parking lot and lined up on the street are other day laborers, illegal aliens. Imagine being the legal alien looking out, watching as a pick-up truck filled with construction gear pulls up and waves into the back a couple of the illegals. You did it right, yet you’re not the one earning a wage that day. What’s that do to your spirit? What lesson does your child learn?
Speaking of children, how Christian is it to support policies that encourage parents to send their children along with vicious coyotes on the dangerous journey to America? Policies that encourage a journey where between 30% and 80% of the women and girls will be sexually assaulted. “See that you do not despise one of these little ones,” said Jesus Christ. (Matthew 18:10)” (Read the entire piece here.)
The Center for Immigration studies also discusses Scriptural writing on this issue:
“…in the ancient biblical world, countries had borders that were protected and respected, and that foreigners who wanted to reside in another country had to obtain some sort of permission in order to be considered an alien with certain rights and privileges. The delineation between the “alien” or “stranger” (ger) and the foreigner (nekhar or zar) in biblical law is stark indeed. The ger in Israelite society, for instance, could receive social benefits such as the right to glean in the fields (Leviticus 19:9-10; Deuteronomy 24:19-22) and they could receive resources from the tithes (Deuteronomy 26:12-13). In legal matters, “there shall be one statute for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you, a statute forever throughout your generations. You and the sojourner shall be alike before the LORD. One law and one rule shall be for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you” (Numbers 15:15-16). In the area of employment, the ger and citizen were to be paid alike (Deuteronomy 24:14-15). In all these cases, no such provision is extended to the nekhar or zar. In a sense, the ger were not just aliens to whom social and legal protections were offered, but were also considered converts, and thus could participate in the religious life of the community, e.g. celebrate Passover (Exodus 12:13) and observe Yom Kippur, the day of atonement (Leviticus 16:29-30). They were, moreover, expected to keep dietary and holiness laws (Leviticus 17:8-9 & 10-12). It is well known that within Israelite society, money was not to be lent with interest, but one could loan at interest to a foreigner (nekhar). These passages from the Law make plain that aliens or strangers received all the benefits and protection of a citizen, whereas the foreigner (nekhar) did not. It is wrong, therefore, to confuse these two categories of foreigners and then to use passages regarding the ger as if they were relevant to illegal immigrants of today.” (Read their whole analysis here.)
And lastly, here is a contributor to the Josias (an intellectual community featuring numerous clergymen) discussing this issue from a personal perspective:
“It would be social suicide to say that we oppose immigration on the grounds that it weakens the cultural and ethnic solidarity of the historic American nation, so we resort to the only morally acceptable expressions – those that have to do with economics and that are predicated on an assumption of the inviolability of private property, etc…
In many cases, the “what benefits us” language really means “we oppose low-skill, low-wage immigration neoliberal labor economics which puts me out of a job and a sense of purpose in my life even if the GDP expanded and wealth was created as a result.” My father is a carpenter, and admirably (though precariously) supported his wife and children, but constantly had to struggle against the wage deflation caused by the presence of large numbers of illegal Mexican immigrant men living six to a room and the concomitant disruptions of the local tradesman community.
I think you would acknowledge the above two concerns as legitimate, no? Well, unfortunately, as Americans we cannot speak of item one openly, and item two is controversial as well given the all-pervasive neoliberalism of our regime. The fact is, in a liberal order that does not protect the rights of working fathers of families, opposition to immigration is one of the few ways ordinary men can fight against such injustice. My own ability to support my wife and children is threatened by consistent and massive migration from East and South Asia – by immigrants who in no way share my culture, my understanding of my moral obligation to be open to many children and my desire to leave Sunday as a day of rest and worship.” (Read his full letter here.)
Saint Joan of Arc, Patroness of Patriots, ora pro nobis!