Category Archives: Immigration

Two Points on Immigration Reform

The American Catholic bishops are taking a serious interest in immigration reform legislation being worked on in Congress.  Although many of the bishops have spoken on this important issue, it seems that Cardinal Dolan of New York and Archbishop Gomez of Los Angels are two of the key point men, so to speak.  Recently Archbishop [...]

In America, Every Day is Pentecost

The celebration of Pentecost is a perfect occasion to think about the history–and the future–of the United States as a nation of immigrants. Like the crowd assembled in Jerusalem on the first Pentecost, America is home to people “from every nation under heaven.” Most American cities have ethnic neighborhoods that attest to this heritage. Columbus, [...]

Immigration and the Poor and Huddled Masses

The controversy over efforts at immigration reform continues.  One of the latest strands involves the Heritage Foundation’s report claiming that the Gang of 8 bill will cost the government of the United States a lot of money over the long term.  The bill, Heritage claims, will admit too many immigrants lacking a high school education, [...]

Immigration and the Law

Forgive me for venturing again into the immigration debate, but it seems (judging by combox discussions) that I haven’t made my point clearly enough in my past two outings. I tried pointing out that immigration (even unskilled) is not a drag on the overall economy, if we accept the debatable premise that immigrants are a drag [...]

Immigration: keep the illegals out!

My earlier post spawned a flurry of comments that all offered similar criticisms. To paraphrase the most common: “Legal immigration is fine; it’s illegal immigration that we need to stop. Illegal immigrants, by definition, break the law by coming here and continue to break the law while they live here. Everyone knows that crime increases the more illegals [...]

Should Catholic youth groups be ethnically segregated?

My father, a first generation Mexican-American, is fond of saying, “America doesn’t just have an immigration problem – it has an assimilation problem.”  As a public school teachers, my mom and dad worked with many undocumented students and saw up close how curricula steeped in multiculturalism and political correctness rob so many students of even [...]


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