Today’s Immigration Headlines – Sept 25, 2015

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,” 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.

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  1. avatar Irene Blow says:

    This immigration problem is out of control. No one seems to be really doing anything about it. I tell you what! When they are made legal which I fear that is what is going to happen, they will be running this country. Imagine that? We slept on the gangs in this country and now they ore out of control. So now we have illegal aliens and gangs which includes a lot of them. We desperately need a LEADER WHO IS WILLING TO CHANGE THIS TERRIBLE SITUATION. while I enjoyed the Pope’s visit, it seemed to me that he came to sway our feelings about the immigration problem.; and when he leaves we will still have this problem.

  2. avatar Leland says:

    The Pope said before Congress that “we must not be taken aback by their numbers”, referring to refugees and immigrants. Another case of do as I say, don’t do as I do. Admittedly Vatican City is very small, 110 acres, about 1/6 of a square mile, but it’s population is only 840. NYC has a density of 27000 / sq. mile.

    There is also the papal summer palace in the Italian countryside. Any reason they can’t take in a thousand people at least? But no, they are willing to take in a grand total of 2 families. And then there’s that wall around Vatican City. When is that coming down?

    He keeps hypocritically preaching about global warming, and whatever one can say about natural warming, the temperatures globally and in this country are going up far faster than any changes in the historic past. What took place in thousands of years is now taking decades. At least a large part is man made.

    So why does the Catholic Church not address overpopulation and their role in it’s increase? We would have stabilized US population years ago if not for the waves of immigration in the last three decades that in sheer numbers is unprecedented in our history. We have been growing by 25 to 30 million per decade for the last 30 years. Most of that is due to immigration and their higher birth rates here.