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  1. The catholic church accept immigration.America is the greatest country because it is known as the land of immigrants.many individuals from other countries want to go to the united states and as catholic one of our main thing is to help individuals with various problems the immigrants and refugees come from poorer nations,and if we can not help them as catholics then why then are we called catholics

    • We have laws.

      Why should a Mexican who illegally jumps the border be given priority processing over a Filipino who has been waiting in the legal immigration line for more than ten years of hard questioning interviews and health exams?

      Both are from poor families. Both seek to earn a living in the US and send some money to the impoverished families they left behind. Both are Catholic.

      The difference, more often than not, is that the Filipino wants to assimilate into US society, learn to speak English, and will forever be grateful for a chance to live here. The Mexican will insist on speaking Spanish, may seek entitlement from the government, will be able to bring his entire family and extended family in, march in protest of a conservative government, and wave the Mexican flag while insulting US citizens.

      Not every foreigner should be able to come in. Only those who follow the rules should. There is a difference between legal and illegal immigrants. Learn that difference.

  2. As usual, you cannot resist the urge to lie, lie, lie, to cover up for Trump. Why, I have no idea.

    In 2011, President Obama did not halt all immigration from Iraq. His policy slowed down the granting of refugee visas. His policy did not stop the issuing of refugee visas. His policy required new background checks.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/13/world/middleeast/13baghdad.html

    Obama’s policy in 2011 did not include a religious test for prioritization of visas (duh). Trump’s executive order is vague, but don’t his actual statements matter?

    Executive order: “Upon the resumption of USRAP admissions, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, is further directed to make changes, to the extent permitted by law, to prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.”

    Trump, on the Christian Broadcasting Network, essentially said he would prioritize Christian refugee applications. This ignores the basic facts that Shia in Syria are an obvious minority (13%), and Sunni in Iraq are an obvious minority (31%). Both have been obviously targeted by ISIS. Unless we are to somehow believe there is no difference between Shia and Sunni.

    http://www1.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2017/01/27/brody-file-exclusive-president-trump-says-persecuted-christians-will-be-given-priority-as-refugees

    Finally, you have oddly omitted the fact that the enforcement of Trump’s executive order denied the Constitutional Fifth Amendment rights of due process to legal green card holders. If Trump believes he can deny Constitutional rights to legal green card holders, what’s next for the rest of us?

    The Catholic Church is not the Republican Party.

    • What an excellent statement: The Catholic Church is NOT the Republican Party.

      I wish pulpit would keep TRUMP beliefs OFF the alter and out of the mass and church. The reason we go to mass is to hear the word of the Lord. NOT Donald Trumps.

      Our Family will be leaving the mass each and every time TRUMP statements are brought into the mass.

  3. Did writing this help you sleep better last night? I’ve been trying to picture Christ sitting at a laptop penning this letter, but for some reason I can’t conjure the image.

  4. Maybe I would believe you cared about Families if you took action on getting action on a law to protect the Victims (who have families) of sexual Abuse as children by Priests and it was covered up by the Church who,is now fighting to stop legislation retroactive to help them.

  5. NATO. SAFEZONES Within SYRIA Greatly reduces the threats, cost and dangers throughout the Western World.
    Bishops who support the refugee program initiated by George Soros and Barack Obama need to rethink what this means for Catholics and all Americans. Many in the church are complicit in allowing dangerous persons to wonder freely within our borders. Because of these actions, innocent people have already been killed and more will suffer the same fate. There are better solutions and the President needs to reset our security measures to ensure we are all safe.

  6. I am so pleased that someone has finally mentioned the second paragraph of CCC 2241. Our archbishop did not discuss this portion in his remarks condemning president Trump’s refugee policies.

  7. So why is the USCCB putting out statements that only confuse us? I’m upset with them, because, being Catholic and knowing we are to love all Gods people… at the same time we need to protect ourselves and families and do whatever is in the ability to help other countries without endangering our own…. a tighter screening process is only a smart move

  8. If you are going to say we should not take in refugees because of the overblown threat of terrorism, then women should be allowed to abort when the child threatens them to be logically consistent

  9. The protection from terrorism logic doesn’t work either. The 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia and Egypt, yet they aren’t on the block list, and the Saudi’s are constantly one of the biggest US allies despite being the biggest supporter of Islamic jihad in the world. Instead Iraq is on the list, which makes no sense because they are are supposed to be our allies against ISIS, yet we’ve now insulted them and as result will drive them into the open arms of Iran.

  10. What this analysis ignores is that (1) we already have one of the most stringent vetting processes in place of any other nation for refugees, (2) there has been no major event which has called the adequacy of the current process into question and would necessitate us to endanger the lives of refugees by pausing the program while we evaluate it, and (3) the new policy follows directly from Trump’s campaign promises from just a few months ago to enact a ban on Muslims. By Rudy Giuliani’s own account the new policy was crafted with the explicit purpose of finding a legal way to bar large numbers of Muslims from entering the country. Why should we presume good faith on the part of President Trump when he has a consistent record of demonizing Muslims?

    • What your analyses of the author’s analysis ignores is that (1) who are you to determine what is sufficient or stringent enough vetting? The new admin is responsible, now, for keeping US citizens safe, so, why would they use the former admin’s determinations or processes? Then, (2), we are not required to wait for a refugee or immigrant to strike in the homeland, we have seen enough of it abroad to conclude that terrorists are accessing host nations with the intention of terrorizing their citizens; (3) the Trump EO does not proscribe a ‘Muslim Ban” since the great majority (87%) of the worlds Muslims can still apply for refugee or other immigrant status.

      The rest of your ‘reasoning’ (diatribe) is leftist ideology masquerading as ‘intellect’.

      • All terrorist attacks were perpetrated by ‘home grown’ radicals – here and in Europe.
        Unlike the refugee hordes streaming into Europe by boat, the vetting of refugees to the US & Canada is extremely thorough – I know because I came to N.America as a refugee.

        Let’s face it – .regardless of the rhetoric, this IS a thinly veiled Muslim Ban. Why can’t we be honest and call it as such?

        • No its not.. Recent terror attack in the US was a Somali… of the 580 convicted terrorists since 911, 380 of these despotic butchering Islamic terrorists came in on visa or refugee status .

          Yes, there is a one HELL of a difference between a refugee and a terrorist, terrorists are using the refugee programs around the world to enter.

          You want a list:
          BOSTON
          SAN BERNARDINO
          NEW YORK / NEW JERSEY EXPLOSIONS
          911
          OHIO STATE OSU
          etc……..

          Only one here who is dishonest is you. You are a false witness.

          (“‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony”, – Matthew 19.18 & DIDACHE chap. 2).

    • In regards of (1) we already have one of the most stringent vetting processes in place of any other nation for refugees,

      We can’t truly vet undocumented refugees. We simply interview them over a two year period. They already know the questions and the proper answers. The President and I both have our doubts about this process. If we don’t get it correct 100% of the time, someone will suffer the consequences, as was the case in San Bernardino County. The State Dept. admitted to NOT properly vetting the wife. So, a 90 day time out is not unreasonable. Five of the seven countries don’t even have functional governments. eg A Syrian govt. background check of a Syrian refugee is not possible, not one form Somolia.

      The ban focuses on some of the most dangerous countries in the world. Countries that are so dangerous, you would never take your family there. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The President is simply asking for a 90 day time out.

  11. Why is there zero mention of what our Pope has said on the topic?

    “In an interview with an Italian Catholic television station, Vatican Deputy Secretary of State Archbishop Angelo Becciu said Trump’s action was against what the Catholic Church stood for. ”

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article130150239.html#storylink=cpy

    I will never understand how Trump can be defended in the context of religion or Christianity. Mind blown.

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