The Church and Illegal Aliens

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The Church and Illegal Aliens

DaTech3.jpgIt isn’t exactly a pact with the devil, but a num­ber of Roman Catholic churches and other reli­gious orga­ni­za­tions have made a deal with a vit­ri­olic, anti-​Trump group that backs ille­gal aliens.

The group, The New Sanc­tu­ary Move­ment, or NSM, has been around for 10 years, but it has been push­ing its agenda more aggres­sively in recent months. Also, the orga­ni­za­tion has strong­holds here in Philadel­phia and cities through­out the coun­try, includ­ing Austin, Boston, Den­ver, New York, Port­land, and elsewhere.

For exam­ple, here is one of the recent state­ments of the orga­ni­za­tion: “Trump’s cam­paign of hate, racism, and exclu­sion took the White House. The back­lash of white vot­ers was harsh and strong, and Trump’s rhetoric now has the power of the White House behind it.”

But there’s more. “The orga­ni­za­tion has launched a cam­paign to recruit 1,000 peo­ple to dis­rupt immi­gra­tion raids.”

Dis­rup­tion of immi­gra­tion raids rather than protests rises to the level of obstruc­tion of jus­tice, a felony under fed­eral law.

The Santa Clara Law Review poses a vari­ety of prob­lems with the pact between the orga­ni­za­tion and reli­gious groups.

[The] churches face numer­ous dan­gers. First, their activ­i­ties could be viewed as overly polit­i­cal and their sec­tion 501©(3) sta­tus {non­profit] could be revoked. Sec­ond, their activ­i­ties are not law­ful because the defenses asserted in the 1980s by the Sanc­tu­ary Move­ment will not pre­vail here. Finally, given that even com­pro­mise leg­is­la­tion to pro­vide legal sta­tus for all ille­gal immi­grants has strug­gled to pass, the fla­grant approach adopted by the New Sanc­tu­ary Move­ment may do more to fray nerves than to gar­ner sup­port for ille­gal immi­grants fac­ing deportation.”

Per­haps more impor­tant, the author argues that the har­bor­ing of immi­grants in churches is almost cer­tainly ille­gal under any inter­pre­ta­tion of the law.

For more, down­load the arti­cle at https://​dig​i​tal​com​mons​.law​.scu​.edu/​l​a​w​r​e​v​i​e​w​/​v​o​l​50​/​i​s​s3/7/

Not sur­pris­ingly, the MSM fawn over the NSM. Here is some non­sense from my home­town paper, The Philadel­phia Inquirer: “…the over­all goal is still big and for­mi­da­ble: to end injus­tice against immi­grants, express rad­i­cal wel­come for all peo­ple, and uphold val­ues of dig­nity and jus­tice in prac­tice and in policy.”

That reads like a TV com­mer­cial for the Amer­i­can mil­i­tary, with a flag wav­ing in the wind and The Star Span­gled Ban­ner slowly ris­ing in vol­ume throughout.

But there’s even more. Here in Philadel­phia three of the group’s orga­niz­ers protested against their own leader, call­ing for his removal because he’s white.

Many Catholics like me voted for Trump. In fact, the vote mir­rored the gen­eral elec­tion results, with whites vot­ing largely in favor of the pres­i­dent and His­panic Catholics sup­port­ing Hillary Clinton.

I don’t go to church to lis­ten to polit­i­cal clap­trap; I don’t think I am alone. Let’s leave the sanc­tu­ary move­ment to sort itself out rather than with the sup­port of the church!

DaTech3.jpgIt isn’t exactly a pact with the devil, but a number of Roman Catholic churches and other religious organizations have made a deal with a vitriolic, anti-Trump group that backs illegal aliens.

The group, The New Sanctuary Movement, or NSM, has been around for 10 years, but it has been pushing its agenda more aggressively in recent months. Also, the organization has strongholds here in Philadelphia and cities throughout the country, including Austin, Boston, Denver, New York, Portland, and elsewhere.

For example, here is one of the recent statements of the organization: “Trump’s campaign of hate, racism, and exclusion took the White House. The backlash of white voters was harsh and strong, and Trump’s rhetoric now has the power of the White House behind it.”

But there’s more. “The organization has launched a campaign to recruit 1,000 people to disrupt immigration raids.”

Disruption of immigration raids rather than protests rises to the level of obstruction of justice, a felony under federal law.

The Santa Clara Law Review poses a variety of problems with the pact between the organization and religious groups.

“[The] churches face numerous dangers. First, their activities could be viewed as overly political and their section 501(c)(3) status {nonprofit] could be revoked. Second, their activities are not lawful because the defenses asserted in the 1980s by the Sanctuary Movement will not prevail here. Finally, given that even compromise legislation to provide legal status for all illegal immigrants has struggled to pass, the flagrant approach adopted by the New Sanctuary Movement may do more to fray nerves than to garner support for illegal immigrants facing deportation.”

Perhaps more important, the author argues that the harboring of immigrants in churches is almost certainly illegal under any interpretation of the law.

For more, download the article at https://digitalcommons.law.scu.edu/lawreview/vol50/iss3/7/

Not surprisingly, the MSM fawn over the NSM. Here is some nonsense from my hometown paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer: “…the overall goal is still big and formidable: to end injustice against immigrants, express radical welcome for all people, and uphold values of dignity and justice in practice and in policy.”

That reads like a TV commercial for the American military, with a flag waving in the wind and The Star Spangled Banner slowly rising in volume throughout.

But there’s even more. Here in Philadelphia three of the group’s organizers protested against their own leader, calling for his removal because he’s white.

Many Catholics like me voted for Trump. In fact, the vote mirrored the general election results, with whites voting largely in favor of the president and Hispanic Catholics supporting Hillary Clinton.

I don’t go to church to listen to political claptrap; I don’t think I am alone. Let’s leave the sanctuary movement to sort itself out rather than with the support of the church!