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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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New Trump administration policy is eugenics for immigrants [Opinion, In-Depth]

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Honduran migrant Luis Acosta carries 5-year-old Angel Jesus through the Suchiate River near Tapachula, Mexico, Oct. 29, 2018. (CNS/Reuters/Adrees Latif, Reuters)


Last week, the estuary where politics and religion mingle was dominated by discussions about abortion, and I will have more to say on that later this week. But, today, I would like to focus on President Donald Trump's rollout of a new approach to immigration policy. One of the central objectives of the policy proposal will be to implement a "merit-based" system for admitting immigrants legally, rather than the current system which prioritizes family members of those already here.

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The idea of turning to a "merit-based" system that prioritizes migrants with special skills and high levels of education is already supported by some hardline Republican senators. Sens. Tom Cotton, of Arkansas, David Perdue of Georgia, and Josh Hawley of Missouri introduced the RAISE Act last month. Their proposal also reduced legal immigration over time, something Trump apparently does not want to do at this time. But, the core idea is the same.

"Our current immigration system is broken and is not meeting the needs of our growing economy," said Perdue in a press release announcing the introduction of the legislation. "If we want to continue to be the global economic leader, we have to welcome the best and brightest from around the world who wish to come to the United States legally to work and make a better life for themselves. This will require a skills-based immigration system that is pro-growth and pro-worker. The RAISE Act is proven to work and is still the only plan that responds to the needs of our economy, while preserving quality jobs and wages for American workers."

See, the needs of the "the economy" are more important than the needs of any families that might wish to be reunited. Or, so say these "pro-family" senators, two of whom garnered a 100 percent rating from the Family Research Council last year. Hawley was not yet a senator, but I would be willing to bet he will earn a 100 percent rating this session.

One of the cornerstones of Catholic social doctrine is that the family and its rights precede the state and its rights. Indeed, all four pillars of Catholic social doctrine -- human dignity, the common good, solidarity and subsidiarity -- rise or fall based on how a society fosters family life.

There is no constitutional requirement that a public policy cohere with Catholic moral teaching, to be sure. But, let's call this "merit-based" system what it is: Eugenics for immigrants. In its earlier iteration, eugenics aimed to prevent those deemed to lack "merit" from procreating. "Three generations of imbeciles are enough," thundered Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., in 1927, before eugenics got a bad name at Auschwitz.

Now, corporate America gets to play the part of deciding who does and does not get to be treated with that equal human dignity both the Gospel and the Constitution take as their most basic premise. Corporate America tells the government what kind of foreign workers it needs, and the government lets those workers move to the front of the line. Why should the needs of the impersonal "economy," or the needs of the corporate titans who hide behind economic theories, take precedence over our moral values? Christian moral theology recognizes that the people with the greatest claim on society and government are those in need, not those with special skills. An immigrant is a human person. Is the president and his party saying that the proper assessment of "merit" is an economic assessment, not a moral one? What about an unborn immigrant child? Do they lack the "merit" human dignity confers?

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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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No, it isn't. Ridiculous opinion is ridiculous.
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As migrants continue streaming into Mexico, donor fatigue sets in [In-Depth]

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A man, part of a convoy of Central American migrants, is escorted into a van by National Institute of Migration officers, after being detained at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Tapachula, Mexico, May 19, 2019. (Credit: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters via CNS)


TAPACHULA, Mexico -- Sister Bertha Lopez was buying 55-pound sacks of rice, when the cashier asked: "Where do they want the rice? For Guatemala or for whom?"

Lopez informed the cashier, "We're buying it to feed our migrant brothers" who are stranded in this city near the Guatemala border. The cashier responded: "Why are you doing that? What you're doing isn't right."

Last fall, locals in southern Chiapas state welcomed the caravans of migrants crossing into Mexico from Guatemala and carrying on northward to the U.S. border. They offered everything from food and drink to clothing and shoes to the caravan travelers, who often included children.

Parishes throughout the Diocese of Tapachula mobilized to meet the needs of thousands of mostly Central American migrants -- many fleeing violence, poverty and drought. Sister Bertha's congregation, the Guadalajara-based Missionaries of the Resurrected Christ, tended to the wounds of weary migrants in a mobile medical clinic.

But many locals no longer welcome migrants in Chiapas. Municipal governments, meanwhile, have shunned them by blocking access to town squares, where members of caravans often slept and sought basic services. Local government officials complain of being forced to shoulder security, sanitation and cleanup costs.

Donor fatigue has set in here in Mexico's poorest state, where priests say people initially responded to images of impoverished migrants fleeing their countries, but became jaded as the caravans keep coming.

"People no longer respond to the immigration issue," said Father Cesar Canaveral Perez, diocesan director of migrant ministries in Tapachula. "(They) no longer help out. It's to the point that in parishes we no longer ask for assistance for migrants."

Lopez described a "climate of apathy" and said of the situation: "If (people) see some migrants, they close their stores. This sadly started growing with the media providing negative news."

The apathy comes as Mexico cracks down on migrants moving through the country and President Donald Trump complains Mexico is "doing nothing" to stop migration -- even though it has detained and deported more Central Americans in recent years than the United States.

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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why should migrants work when they can just live off the donations of others?

The problem with having a bleeding heart is that you might bleed out.

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Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian bishops' conference, is pictured next to Pope Francis during prayer at the opening of the annual spring meeting of the Italian bishops' conference at the Vatican May 20, 2019. Bassetti asked his fellow bishops May 21 to encourage their faithful to vote in the upcoming election for members of the European Parliament. (Credit: Paul Haring/CNS)


ROME -- Catholic bishops across Europe encouraged their faithful to go to the polls in late May to elect members of the European Parliament who would promote unity and take seriously the power of the European Union to do good in the world.

Citizens of the 28 countries of the European Union were set to go to the polls May 23-26 to elect more than 700 members to serve five-year terms in the European Parliament.

In the lead up to the voting, Catholic bishops warned of the spread of forms of nationalism and populism that could weaken the EU and the ability of the 28 nations to work together to promote development and to find a shared humanitarian response to the ongoing migration phenomenon.

Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, president of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union, told Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference, that U.S. strategist Steve Bannon, who has been consulting with European politicians, Russian strategist Aleksandr Dugin and others like them are "priests of a populism" that essentially "negates the essence of Western theology: Love of God and love for one's neighbor."

Nationalistic populism, the archbishop said, "does not create free communities, but groups who repeat the same slogans and generate new forms of uniformity, which is the precursor of totalitarianism."

Hollerich said the Catholic bishops of the EU countries are worried about strategists and politicians "who want a divided, fragmented, litigious Europe. Instead, we need a Europe that is strong on the international scene" and ready and able to work to promote and protect human rights around the globe.

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian bishops' conference, spoke about the elections May 21 during the spring meeting of the conference at the Vatican.

"We ask everyone to overcome their reservations and distrust and participate in the vote. We know that this is only the first step, but it is a step that we cannot skip," the cardinal said.

The weekend before the bishops met, Matteo Salvini, Italy's deputy prime minister and a hard-liner against migration, shocked bishops and many Catholics when he waved his rosary around at a political rally and told a crowd that he was certain his party would win after he entrusted his life and the country to the immaculate heart of Mary.

Bassetti told his fellow bishops that Italy and the EU need real Italian and Christian virtues, including hospitality to migrants; it is not enough to simply "refer to religious traditions and symbols."

Italians, he said, should work to strengthen the contributions Christianity traditionally has made to Europe: "spirituality and culture, art and social doctrine. Concrete humanism."

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Potential DHS senior official Ken Cuccinelli suggested that states invoke "war powers" to turn back migrant "invasion"

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Cuccinelli: "Because [states would be] acting under war powers, there's no due process. ... You just point them back across the river and let them swim for it."


Ken Cuccinelli, President Donald Trump's likely pick for a senior position at the Department of Homeland Security, previously told Breitbart.com that states could invoke "war powers" against migrants crossing the U.S. southern border because "it's an invasion." He added that doing so would mean "there's no due process" and states could "point them back across the river and let them swim for it."

Trump is reportedly set to hire Cuccinelli, a former CNN commentator and Virginia attorney general, to a senior position at DHS, where he would coordinate immigration policy. Media Matters recently documented Cuccinelli's long anti-LGBTQ record. Cuccinelli also has a history of pushing anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric, including comparing undocumented immigrants to rats and opposing birthright citizenship.

One of his most extreme anti-immigrant positions came out on the October 23, 2018, edition of Breitbart News Daily ...

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KEN CUCCINELLI: Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution, the third paragraph, lists some things that the states can do and under certain circumstances. And it says that no state shall enter into war without the permission of Congress unless they are actually invaded. Well, here it comes. And there are several interesting aspects of that.

First of all, we've been being invaded for a long time and so the border states clearly qualify here to utilize this power themselves. And what's interesting is they don't need anyone's permission. They can do it themselves. And because they're acting under war powers, there's no due process. They can literally just line their National Guard up with, presumably with riot gear like they would if they had a civil disturbance and turn people back at the border. Literally, you don't have to keep them, no catch and release, no nothing. You just point them back across the river and let them swim for it. Maybe you have a little courtesy shuttle and drive them over and leave them there. And the states can do that, interestingly enough, and the federal government can't. But it really becomes a question of do they want to utilize this power or not.

[...]

Look, we use things called authorizations for the use of military force in Congress instead of declarations of war. There's still, as a constitutional matter, it's a declaration of war, but they're against non-countries. The Taliban isn't a country. ISIS isn't a country. Al Qaeda isn't a country. Yet we have effectively been declaring war on these amorphous groups that are not countries. And these are not people who are invading.

When someone comes across your border without your permission, it's an invasion. Their purpose here is to violate the border, to violate our sovereignty, for their own purposes. That's an invasion. And here, I don't think with the caravan it's even debatable because you've got an entire group that's organized itself to come into the country.

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hell, why not just set up guard posts and machine-gun them as they try and cross? Sheesh. This was inevitable I guess.

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, machine-gunning would be a tad extreme, no? I mean, sure, you could interpret Cuccinelli's responses that way. I don't think it would be too crazy to use National Guard troops to secure the border, using nonlethal crowd control methods to repel migrant caravans (which apparently weren't a thing until this presidency... is a wealthy donor funding them perhaps?) that try to cross the border.

We have a history of deploying National Guard troops to control riots and the like. This type of thing isn't necessarily unprecedented.
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Hell, why not just set up guard posts and machine-gun them as they try and cross? Sheesh. This was inevitable I guess.

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A couple of pages back I did say that the border situation is going to keep the increasing pressure towards confrontation until someone starts shooting. I thought that would have happened by now but maybe I was projecting the time frame too quickly.
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hell, why not just set up guard posts and machine-gun them as they try and cross? Sheesh. This was inevitable I guess.

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A couple of pages back I did say that the border situation is going to keep the increasing pressure towards confrontation until someone starts shooting. I thought that would have happened by now but maybe I was projecting the time frame too quickly.
I am honestly wondering who's holding it back. This administration has been champing at the bits to murder Mexicans, and at least want to give it a go through negligence. Who or what department is actually counseling some semblance of temperance, for whatever reason?

And I should hit submit before I go on an angry, ranting tangent Soap Box
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This administration has been champing at the bits to murder Mexicans, and at least want to give it a go through negligence.


Allow me to interrupt you here. No, it isn't. Fast and Furious under Obama was putting guns into the hands of cartels, so if any Administration had an unstated goal of "killing Mexicans" it was that one.

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Both CBP and ICE. Neither of them want actual blood on their hands--they appreciate their agents too much.
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Besides, these migrants are mainly from Central America, so...
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Pope blasts fearful, 'racist' attitude toward migrants

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ROME -- A day after Europe hit the voting booths for the latest round of European Parliament elections, with the migrant crisis a major talking point, Pope Francis issued a message urging society to drop skepticism and prejudice towards newcomers, calling the attitudes racist.

In his May 27 message for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees, Francis said the migration issue is not just about migrants and refugees, but "it is also about our fears."

"The signs of meanness we see around us heighten our fear of 'the other,' the unknown, the marginalized, the foreigner," he said, noting that many migrants seeking a better future end up as the recipients of this meanness.

While some fear is normal and even legitimate, "the problem is not that we have doubts and fears," he said. "The problem is when they condition our way of thinking and acting to the point of making us intolerant, closed and perhaps even -- without realizing it -- racist."

"In this way, fear deprives us of the desire and the ability to encounter the other, the person different from myself; it deprives me of an opportunity to encounter the Lord."

Tiled "It is not just about migrants," the pope's message comes ahead of the Sept. 29 World Day for Migrants and Refugees, which has been celebrated by the Catholic Church since 1914.

[...]

In Monday's message, Francis said the presence of migrants and refugees, and of vulnerable people in general, is not a threat, but is "an invitation to recover some of those essential dimensions of our Christian existence and our humanity that risk being overlooked in a prosperous society."

"That is why it is not just about migrants," he said. "When we show concern for them, we also show concern for ourselves, for everyone; in taking care of them, we all grow; in listening to them, we also give voice to a part of ourselves that we may keep hidden because it is not well regarded nowadays."

Francis insisted that the migration issue goes beyond politics, and touches on key human and Christian values such as charity, compassion, and a respect for humanity.

As he has in the past, the pope stressed that the progress of a nation "depends above all on our openness to being touched and moved by those who knock at our door. Their faces shatter and debunk all those false idols that can take over and enslave our lives."

In a world that is increasingly "elitist and cruel" toward the marginalized and excluded, not only are poor nations being drained of their resources, but global wars are tearing nations apart while weapons "are produced and sold in other regions which are then unwilling to take in the refugees produced by these conflicts," he said.

"Those who pay the price are always the little ones, the poor, the most vulnerable," he said, and urged society to take to heart the Gospel proclamation that "the last shall be first."

"In every political activity, in every program, in every pastoral action we must always put the person at the center, in his or her many aspects, including the spiritual dimension. And this applies to all people, whose fundamental equality must be recognized," he said.

Calling modern times the "era of migration," Francis insisted that while at times uncomfortable, the presence of migrants and refugees helps to "debunk the myth of a progress that benefits a few while built on the exploitation of many."

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Church leaders say they face uphill battle against Europe's anti-migrant sentiment

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ROME -- As Europe continues to see a decline in Mass attendance and a rise in populist leaders with harsh anti-migrant policies, including in some majority Catholic countries, Church leaders have said they face an uphill battle, especially when it comes to Pope Francis's push to welcome and assist migrants and refugees.

"We are no longer the majority in Europe as Christians and Catholics. Not cultural Catholics, but truly those who believe in the Gospel," Jesuit Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg and president of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union, told journalists May 27.

Speaking at the presentation of Francis's message for the Sept. 29 World Day for Migrants and Refugees, Hollerich said the Church in Europe is "not in a good situation" since many young people especially are drifting farther from the pews, making reception of the pope's message more difficult as European leaders increasingly sing a different tune.

Though a "detailed analysis" on this weekend's elections for European Parliament has yet to be done, Hollerich noted that many traditionally Catholic nations voted for candidates who promote policies opposed to those of Francis, such as Poland, Hungary and Italy.

Yet despite the difficulty, he said the pope's appeal for migrants and refugees has not fallen on deaf ears, but was taken up by the many bishops and clergy leading communities on the ground, and that without the pope's message, "the results would be worse."

"One thing to have clear is that we don't do politics, we don't have an opportunist attitude, but we as bishops must proclaim the Gospel of Christ. And, in this Gospel, this welcome of the poor, migrants, vulnerable, marginalized, is a central part of the Gospel," he said, noting that while populist candidates gained significant votes in some nations, they lost votes in countries where they previously had the lead.

"So, the people saw that one thing is word, another is action," Hollerich said, adding that on the situation of Christianity in Europe as a whole, he sees himself as "a realist," but "I am also always optimistic."

Similarly, Jesuit Father Michael Czerny, undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugees section of the Vatican department for Integral Human Development, referenced the discrepancy in seeing Catholic countries vote against the policies Francis is promoting, saying the number of Christians who actually live out the Gospel has always been a minority.

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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Unaccompanied children and youth immigration applicants report incidents of abuse by Border Patrol officers. Incidents of children being punched, kicked, threatened with sexual abuses and other bodily harms.

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So, when are we going to hold people from the Obama Administration accountable for these reprehensible behaviors?

Of course, we all believe that these people are telling the truth, right? They wouldn't possibly have any reason for lying, would they? It isn't like there are people engaging in a situation which boils down to "immigrants good, United Stated bad", right?

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All allegations must be proven .. of course.

As a rule of thumb I never discount a childs testimony. And in this case these are testimonies from a range of children across different age groups.

In which case it must at least be taken seriously. Seriously enough to investigate. Furthermore, one young girl suffered broken ribs. Hard to contrive such injuries.

And becomes the real of ludicrous to suspect a child would contrive actual bodily harm against themselves.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2019 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The cases of bodily harm--I agree there. However, there are instances of people lying about things of a similar nature.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2019 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course there are instances of people lying. Id have higher regard to corroboration .. and multiple complaints.

And its less about the administration.. as you rightly point out the time frames traverse both administrations.. than it is about the individuals perpetrating the individual incidents of abuse.

The temptation is to make it political.. but that is merely a distraction from the key issue .. which is the allegations of abuse.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2019 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hashi Lebwohl wrote:
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allegedly beaten, threatened with sexual violence and repeatedly assaulted while in custody between 2009 and 2014


So, when are we going to hold people from the Obama Administration accountable for these reprehensible behaviors?

Of course, we all believe that these people are telling the truth, right? They wouldn't possibly have any reason for lying, would they? It isn't like there are people engaging in a situation which boils down to "immigrants good, United Stated bad", right?


I mean, it's possible it is happening, and definitely fucked up. Then again, it isn't like virtually all the pro-illegal immigration rhetoric is that America is some evil empire...that they want to trespass into immigrate into, is there?
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