Archbishop assails Trump over birthright citizenship repeal

The Associated Press
Published: September 1, 2015, 8:30 pm Updated: September 1, 2015, 8:40 pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Tuesday attacked GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for ending automatic citizenship for children born to immigrants living illegally in the U.S., saying the idea “plays on our worst fears and resentments.”

“Some in public life — notably, but not only, Donald Trump — have called for an end to birthright citizenship,” Archbishop Charles Chaput said in remarks prepared for a church forum that was part of the run-up of activities to a visit by Pope Francis. “This is a profoundly bad idea.”

The archbishop said he hoped immigration would be a key part of the discussions during the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and the pope’s appearance during the closing weekend.

The pope has decried what he has called the “inhuman” conditions facing migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, and encouraged frontier communities to not judge people by stereotypes but rather welcome migrants and work to end discrimination.

Without at first mentioning Trump by name, Chaput began his remarks by declaring: “At least one of our presidential candidates has already made the national immigration debate ugly with a great deal of belligerent bombast.”

Trump has proposed the mass deportation of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, as well as their American-born children.

“They’re illegal,” he said of the children.

U.S.-born children of all immigrants, including those living in the U.S. illegally, have been automatically considered American citizens since the adoption of the Constitution’s 14th Amendment in 1868. Repeal of the citizenship clause would require the votes of two-thirds of both houses of Congress and support from three-fourths of the nation’s state legislatures. Some conservatives, however, believe that the granting of citizenship in such cases could be changed without amending the Constitution.

Chaput, whose archdiocese has about 1.4 million parishioners, urged Congress to give those living in the U.S. illegally “an honest, attainable chance at citizenship.”

He also said the nation should stop detaining young mothers with children who are fleeing violence in Central America.

“These families pose no threat to anyone,” he said. “Detaining them is inhumane.”

Birthright citizenship is not only a constitutional right, it also ensures that children don’t become stateless or part of a chronic underclass, he said.

Of Trump’s call to end it, he said: “It plays on our worst fears and resentments. And it undermines one of the pillars of the American founding and national identity.”

He also directed some criticism at the Democratic administration, noting the deportation rate had hit a record under President Barack Obama.

“This brutally affects immigrant families — especially those with children who are U.S. citizens,” he said.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, New York’s archbishop, has also been openly critical of Trump. In an opinion piece in July, the onetime religious history professor wrote that if he were back in the classroom, he’d “roll out my ‘Trump’ card’” to show skeptical students that organized opposition to immigrants was still alive and well.

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Prophets Without Honor: Europe, Immigration and Trump

Why a crucial problem is back in the national conversation.

by Bruce S. Thornton // FrontPage Magazine

Europe’s slow-motion immigration disaster has accelerated with the continuing turmoil in the Middle East and Africa. In Calais hundreds of illegal immigrants stormed the entrance to the cross-Channel tunnel in an attempt to reach more immigrant-friendly England. In northern Greece, 3000 migrants attacked the border with Macedonia to get closer to more prosperous northern Europe; Macedonia let them pass a few days later. Hungary, a member of the EU border-free Schengen zone, is deploying its army to slow down the migrant tide, and border-fences are springing up in Bulgaria and Hungary. Meanwhile, thousands of immigrants continue to drown in over-crowded ships or suffocate in smugglers’ trucks while trying to enter Europe.
Europe has long had an immigration problem, but in the last year the numbers have skyrocketed. About 124,000 immigrants reached Greece by sea between January and July this year, a 750% increase from the previous year. Germany estimates 800,000 new migrants will reach the country by year’s end, 4 times as much as last year. The United Kingdom has seen 330,000 enter so far this year, while 107,500 made it to Europe, both numbers new records.

It’s not just the suddenness of these increases that’s the problem. For decades now Europe has mishandled its immigrant population, whether through over-generous welfare subsidies, or lax standards for granting asylum or reuniting families. More dangerous has been the nexus of bad ideas––from fashionable civilizational self-loathing to sentimental multicultural Third-Worldism––that has encouraged ethnic separatism and demonized assimilation. The result is a ticking social and political bomb.

Europeans, however, can’t say they weren’t warned. Two prophets––one British and one French, both stripped of honor in their own lands for speaking presciently about the dangers of uncontrolled immigration––decades ago laid out the dangers.

In 1968 British MP Enoch Powell delivered a speech that quickly became notorious as the “rivers of blood” speech. A London Times editorial called it “an evil speech,” adding, “This is the first time that a serious British politician has appealed to racial hatred in this direct way in our postwar history.” Powell was fired from his position as Shadow Defence Secretary in the Shadow Cabinet of Conservative Edward Heath, the last cabinet post he ever held.

Powell noted that England was increasing the numbers of immigrants without giving much thought to the consequences of so quickly adding culturally different people:

Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependents, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant-descended population. It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. So insane are we that we actually permit unmarried persons to immigrate for the purpose of founding a family with spouses and fiancés whom they have never seen.

Powell also linked the increases to a failure to assimilate newcomers into the culture, values, and mores of the majority native population, and to special interests whose political and social leverage came from the balkanization of British society:

Now we are seeing the growth of positive forces acting against integration, of vested interests in the preservation and sharpening of racial and religious differences, with a view to the exercise of actual domination, first over fellow-immigrants and then over the rest of the population.

Commenting on the Labour Party’s Race Relations Act, which aimed to prevent discrimination in housing, Powell envisioned how immigrants and their champions could manipulate government and law in order to aggrandize their own power and further divide the people:

Here is the means of showing that the immigrant communities can organize to consolidate their members, to agitate and campaign against their fellow citizens, and to overawe and dominate the rest with the legal weapons which the ignorant and the ill-informed have provided. As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see “the River Tiber foaming with much blood.”

The quote from Vergil’s Aeneid, spoken by the Sibyl who foresees the wars between the immigrant Trojans and native Latins, gave the speech its popular title and predicted for England as well a future of increasing violence as its society and politics continued to fragment into ethnic factions pursuing zero-sum advantages.

Jean Raspail’s novel The Camp of the Saints is even more significant, for it delves deeper into the civilizational failure of nerve and the self-loathing that have prevented many Europeans from vigorously defending their way of life and political principles. Raspail, an explorer, travel writer, and novelist, published his novel in 1973 to similar condemnations­­––Timemagazine called it a “bilious tirade,” and years later the Southern Poverty Law Center said it was “widely revered by American white supremacists.”

The story begins when millions of Third World peoples simultaneously start hijacking ships and sailing for Europe. Once there, the migrants swarm the Côte d’Azur while the French flee in panic to the north. The failure of the French to resist the invaders is the consequence of civilizational guilt over alleged Western crimes like racism, colonialism, and imperialism. This weakness emboldens the invaders. In India, where the mass migration starts, the French consul scolds a Catholic bishop who approves of the migration and is proud to be “bearing witness” to it. The consul retorts,

Bearing witness to what? To your faith? Your religion? To your Christian civilization? Oh no, none of that! Bearing witness against yourselves, like the anti-Western cynics you’ve become. Do you think the poor devils that flock to your side aren’t any the wiser? Nonsense! They see right through you. For them, white skin means weak convictions. They know how weak yours are, they know you’ve given in.

Raspail clearly links this failure of nerve in the face of existential assault to the increasing secularization of European culture, the abandonment of the Christian faith upon which its civilization and cherished principles––political freedom, human rights, rule by law––were in part founded. At novel’s end, after Europe is lost to the hordes streaming northward, the narrator wonders: “Who knows how things might have worked out if the peoples of the West, in similar straits, had put their faith in God.” For in the struggle between different cultures with different religions and mores, “One still believes. One doesn’t. The one that still has faith will move mountains. That’s the side that will win. Deadly doubt has destroyed all incentive in the other. That’s the side that will lose.”

Those last comments are particularly pertinent to the core of Europe’s current immigrant problem: many are Muslims who worship a faith radically different from the liberal culture of freedom, tolerance, and individual rights that created Europe and the United States. Hence most of the violence Powell predicted has come from unassimilated young Muslims–– the terrorists who bombed London in 2005 and Madrid in 2004, the rapists in England and Malmo who target non-Muslim women, the French “youths” who periodically smash hundreds of cars or murder journalists and Jews, and the Muslim who assassinated Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh and drove Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders into hiding. And in most cases, these criminals have been the beneficiaries of welfare largesse, their violence often rewarded with increased “social welfare spending.”

But we Americans shouldn’t feel superior, for we have our own immigration problems, especially with illegal aliens. Our problems aren’t as severe as Europe’s, for the vast majority of our immigrants come from countries that are essentially Western, rather than from Muslim countries whose religion is inherently hostile to Christianity and the West. But we have compromised that advantage by indulging the same carelessness about policing the border or dispensing social welfare largesse. We too have problems with crime from illegal aliens, ranging from drug-gangs and murder to the daily disorder and disregard for law that makes life more difficult in many communities. And we also have an anti-assimilationist lobby that leverages white guilt and self-loathing into political power.

But we too, for now, seem to have a prophet. Whatever his flaws and weaknesses, Donald Trump has thrust the problems of lax immigration policies and weak enforcement of immigration laws back into the national conversation. Like Enoch Powell, politicians from both parties have tried to marginalize him. But in the age of the Internet, YouTube, and cable news, the citizens who agree with Trump can voice their approval more loudly than in Powell’s day. And they delight in the rough treatment he gives to immigration hacks like Univision’s Jorge Ramos, whom Trump tossed out of a news conference. Let’s just hope that a critical mass of people is listening, and that the Republicans embrace Trump’s warnings on illegal immigration instead of demonizing him.

http://victorhanson.com/wordpress/?p=8634

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Help Save Maryland – CASA of MD Brings on the Lawlessness & Hate

CASA OF MARYLAND THINKS CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS MAKE GREAT NEIGHBORS

CHECK OUT THIS EVENT WEDNESDAY NIGHT SPONSORED BY CASA OF MD AND THEIR CAST OF LEFTIST HATE GROUPS. EVEN MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE CHIEF TOM MANGER IS SPEAKING, I MEAN PANDERING, TO THESE GROUPS.

THE EVENT IS A PROTEST AGAINST FEDERAL IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS WHO WANT TO REMOVE AND DEPORT CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM MARYLAND JAILS.

GOVERNOR HOGAN AND THE MAJORITY OF MARYLAND CITIZENS WANT THESE CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS REMOVED FROM OUR STATE. BUT NOT CASA AND THEIR BAND OF WAYWARD FRIENDS. EVERY CRIMINAL HISPANIC ILLEGAL ALIEN IS A POTENTIAL VOTER AND SUPPORTER OF THE DEMOCRATS.

WITHOUT HISPANIC ILLEGAL ALIENS IT WOULD BE A LONELY JOB TO WORK FOR CASA. WHO WOULD THEY SERVE WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS IF ALL THE ILLEGAL ALIENS AND THEIR ANCHOR BABIES WERE DEPORTED?

Safe Silver Spring/CASA/ACLU MD Meeting on the New ICE Deportation Policy – SEPTEMBER 2, 7 p.m.

Speakers

Craig J. Fohl, Chief of Staff, Eastern Regional ICE Office
Jamison Matuszewski, Deputy Field Office Director, Eastern Regional ICE Office
Tom Manger, Chief, Montgomery Police
Rob Green, Director, Montgomery County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
George Escobar, CASA de Maryland
Sirene Shebaya, ACLU MD

Meeting to be held at Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901, Social Hall, 2nd Floor

In November, President Obama announced that the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) would replace the Secure Communities Program (S-Comm.)(*see update below)

The major difference between the programs is that under S-Comm, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) asked local and state police agencies to detain all persons of interest (including undocumented immigrants or immigrants who are lawfully present but have been charged with certain crimes) for an additional 48 hours, exclusive of weekends and holidays, so that ICE can pick them up. Critics said this led to the deportation of individuals who had been charged with a crime, but never convicted. Advocates (and federal courts) also found the practice of continued detention beyond the release date to be unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment. Under the new PEP program, immigration officials will in some circumstances request only that local officials notify ICE of an immigrant detainee’s release date, and only if the person has already been “convicted” of a crime.

It will be up to ICE field directors to determine whether to pick up detainees prior to their release from the local detention facilities and place them in deportation proceedings. Administration officials said their intent is to deport violent and repeat offenders. But advocates have pointed out that administration officials said the same thing when S-Comm was created, and then failed to live up to that promise.

While the changes have won the support of organizations representing local police officials, they continue to be opposed by immigration advocates, who say the threat of deportation undermines the willingness of communities to work with the police and that deportation breaks up families. Advocates also say that to the extent the new program still asks for additional detention without providing a judicial warrant, it continues to be unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment. They are skeptical that the administration will in fact live up to its statements regarding who it will target for enforcement.

*Latest TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse) report found that though overall number of detainers is continuing to decrease, ICE is still not targeting “serious criminals” under the new PEP program. Fully 2/3 had zero criminal convictions and only 19% had felony convictions.

Note the interesting additional fact that detainers are still being issued left and right without convictions… Just highlights how important it is for local jurisdictions to continue enacting limited detainer policies.

This meeting is jointly sponsored by Safe Silver Spring, by CASA de Maryland, and ACLU MD. Cosponsors are Prezco (President’s Council of Silver Spring Civic Associations), Greater Silver Spring Democratic Club, Montgomery County Young Dems, Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers, Renter’s Alliance, Pyramid Atlantic, and Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence.

REMINDER – EVENT IN BETHESDA THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 6:30PM, WITH SPEAKERS OPPOSED TO THE OBAMA NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN.

THIS IS A NON-HSM EVENT BUT IS PROVIDED FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC.

REMINDER TO JOIN US!
September 3, 2015 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Meet Sarah Stern, Founder and President of The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)
Sarah Stern is the Founder and President of The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET). Founded in 2005, EMET’s mission is to educate policymakers in Washington, DC and the general public about the importance of Israel to the United States in their common struggle against radical Islam. EMET provides pertinent information to Senators and Members of Congress to make informed decisions that will improve American security and the security of America’s ally, Israel.

Topic – Iranian Nuclear Deal – Dangerous Agreement for America
Meet Amie Hoeber, Candidate for MD-6
Amie Hoeber, current candidate for CD 6. She was appointed by President Reagan to serve as Deputy Under Sec. of Army. Her topic: The Iran Deal – A BAD DEAL THAT LULLS THE U.S. INTO A FALSE SENSE OF COMPLACENCY AND WHY WE NEED MORE PEOPLE IN CONGRESS WHO ARE EXPERIENCED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE IN FOREIGN POLICY IN THESE DANGEROUS TIMES

Topic: Take Back 6!!!

When: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Where: NEW LOCATION!!!
Barking Dog
4723 Elm Street, Bethesda, Maryland 20814
www.barkingdogbar.com
301-654-0022
UP THE STAIRS TO SECOND FLOOR
Cost $5.00

IMPORTANT NOTE NEW LOCATION DOWNTOWN BETHESDA
PLEASE USE Elm Garage. Location: 4841 Bethesda Avenue
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cost $5 at door

For more information please contact central committee office at 301.417.9256 or email dwight@mcgop.com

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