American Wall (done in bad taste)
Vatican Wall (done with good taste)
Don't get me wrong. I preach on love of God and neighbor as the Church teaches. But in areas of morality, there are different approaches to how one loves others. There is an enabling of bad behavior love and then there is tough love that moves people away from bad behavior or they get the wrath of justice before the balm of mercy.
The current immigration debacle in our country and in Europe is that what needs to be addressed is not being addressed politically or religiously. The foundation of the immigration problem has to do with the problems in the native lands these people are fleeing and trying to fix that or at least calling for fixes. Has anyone heard about this aspect from Pope Francis, our bishops or our political leaders?
I am a naturalized citizen. My father at the age of 16 and two of his older brothers, 17 and 20 immigrated from Canada to Detroit in 1926 for job opportunities at Ford Motors. They did so legally. My father did not become an American citizen until 1942 but was in this country legally the whole time prior to that and went through the proper channels to become an American.
My mother is an immigrant from Italy as am I. She became an American citizen the proper way in 1958, despite the fact that her three American children threatened to have her deported if she was to hard on us.
Walls work but have to have moral civil laws behind it. The Catholic Church teaches that we must obey legitimate civil authority, not blindly but there is that duty.
No one has a right to live in America who wasn't born here. Deportation is always a possibility even for those here legally, especially naturalized citizens who break the law.
Yes, if there is a crisis, like in Syria and Iraq where Christians are being slaughtered and they must escape, the gate to the wall needs to be opened. But most of these kinds of immigrants don't want to leave their own country and would return once it is safe for them to do so.
Msgr. Pope has a good article on this. Press the title. What do you think?