Confused by the immigration debate?
Is the Trump Administration ripping kids away from their parents?
What is the real story… and what should Catholics think?
Questions related to immigration policy and Catholic moral teaching are now swirling. The Attorney General and MSNBC are quoting the Bible, the New York Times ran an editorial Sunday on the meaning of “pro-life,” and at least one Catholic Bishop has proposed denying the sacraments to immigration enforcement agents…
Wow. Okay so…
The obvious comparisons to the abortion debate are unavoidable. Where are the media on children ripped from their mothers wombs? Does the New York Times care about what it means to be “pro-life” if it doesn’t harm Trump? And what about communion not being a “prize for the perfect, but medicine for the weak?”
The height of hypocrisy was when Planned Parenthood weighed in on Father’s Day, saying “In our hearts and minds today: all of the fathers and parents who have been separated from their children at borders.”
Nobody has done more to separate children from their parents than Planned Parenthood.
So, here’s the CatholicVote take on the immigration debate, starting with some important context and facts:
OUR TAKE: There are no easy answers when it comes to fixing the chaos of the border. First and foremost, we must be clear: attempts to evade U.S. law will not be tolerated, and we must de-legitimize those exploiting any uncertainty. But we must do so in a way that respects the dignity of migrants, especially children and families. CatholicVote.org DOES NOT support separating children from parents, except in extreme cases where those detained are known threats or pose risks to their children. We strongly favor changing existing law to allow children to be housed with their parents for more than 20 days. We also favor expanding the number of immigration courts so that the length of processing these claims can be reduced.
We readily admit that there are practical difficulties in achieving these goals. How do we get serious about the border, while accommodating families with children caught in the chaos? Where can we house children with families while we work to discourage the surge in those seeking entry?
Reckless accusations of racism, unfounded tweets and pictures, and threats to withhold the sacraments are not helpful, in our opinion.
People of good will exist on both sides of this highly complex and important issue.
This is what Congress is for.
President Trump heads to Capitol Hill tomorrow afternoon.
Congress needs to get to work. Propose and debate real solutions.
And fix the mess.