Pope’s Views on Immigration Unlikely to Change Opinions in U.S.
“Pope Francis is more than head of the Catholic Church — he’s also the head of state of the Vatican, which as a government has possibly the most restrictive immigration and citizenship policies of any nation in the world. The pope, traveling to the U.S. for the first time, has made a special appeal to Americans to welcome immigrants, using his address to a joint meeting of Congress Thursday to invoke the Golden Rule in demanding generosity toward the millions of Central and South Americans seeking to come to the country,” the Washington Times says.
Girl’s Meeting With Pope Was Scripted
“Sophie Cruz’s brief encounter with Pope Francis during his parade in Washington this week appeared to be the kind of spontaneous moment that is so endearing about this pope: an initially hesitant young child wrapping an arm around his neck as he offers a kiss and a blessing. But for 5-year-old Sophie, the moment unfolded as perfectly as it was scripted by members of a coalition of Los Angeles-based immigration rights groups. They had been preparing for nearly a year for the young girl from suburban Los Angeles to make a dash for the popemobile to deliver a message about the plight of immigrant parents living in the country illegally,” the AP reports.
Is Immigration About Sympathy or Justice?
“I have no immediate experience of what illegal immigrants feel or an idea of the environment from which they escape. However, by conceiving what I would feel in a similar situation, I partially sympathize. This kind of sympathy is neither pity nor sorrow but comes from understanding, which allows me to imagine their torments,” says Shermichael Singleton at The Hill.
“However, despite my level of empathy towards their conditions, I am troubled knowing that our country is less secure because of a lack of border security. It is also disturbingly clear that those who come illegally have a complete disregard for our immigration laws.’
Bill Introduced to Give Congress Oversight on Syrian Refugees
“Congress is demanding some kind of oversight after the Obama administration decided to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees to settle in the United States over the next year. While many may consider the move a compassionate one, security concerns should rightly raise some red flags. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced the Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act this week to try and establish a more in depth vetting process for the expected immigrants,” Townhall.com reports.
Mexican Cartels Target Small Towns
“Mexican cartels have overtaken the U.S. heroin trade, imposing an almost corporate discipline. They grow and process the drug themselves, increasingly replacing their traditional black tar with an innovative high-quality powder with mass market appeal: It can be smoked or snorted by newcomers as well as shot up by hard-core addicts,” the Washington Post says.