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  • Don Owens
    July 14, 2014 Reply

    Thank you for this word. Reminded me of this verse, “The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.” – Leviticus 19:34

  • Lisa Anderson
    July 14, 2014 Reply

    This issue creates a dilemma for Christians because our charge to welcome and assist the hungry, naked, the sick and the homeless has been taken over by the government. WE have this duty but in passing on the responsibility to the government (and Catholics are as guilty as anyone of doing this) we lose both the responsibility and the control over the situation. The protesters were not anti Hispanic, they just do not believe the government has done right by THEM in allowing undocumented people come into the country bringing with them other than the women and children used as poster children to deflect blame from a poorly executed government program. We no longer trust the government and that they are literally “dumping” people on communities and telling them to deal with a problem the government created, they strike back. This whole mess was long since anticipated and instead of addressing the problems, the government used this to try to further their agenda, holding the American people hostage and using these poor refugees as props.

    • chris
      July 15, 2014 Reply

      Lisa, I think we lose sight of who we are when we twist our morals to fit our politics. We can take care of politics in the voting booth. Our immediate concern should be for our brothers and sisters on those buses.

    • Stephen Hadley
      July 15, 2014 Reply

      Exactly on point, Lisa! Well said!

    • LisaS
      July 15, 2014 Reply

      Well put, Lisa Anderson. I agree with what you said. I hate that the government is the group to do all this rather than people who volunteer to do it locally. We do need to help those less fortunate, but our country can’t just bring all these poor people here at once and expect to be able to care for them. There also need to be limits as to WHO comes into this country since there are people in the world trying to bring down our country.

    • wmp
      July 17, 2014 Reply

      This is to reinforce your thinking on this subject. I just heard a report in a penny saver ad, which may be questionable but it illustrates the problem and I think the unfairness. The ad states the government will pay up to $6000 a month for housing some of these migrants. That is $72000 in a year. The question why not the poor that are Americans. We give $900 million to El Salvador, Gautama, and Honduras where does that money go? my guess it corrupt politicans.

  • Deacon Dick Bowles
    July 14, 2014 Reply

    Well said, your Eminence. I too felt shame and disbelief at the first report. I am encouraged by the second.
    Dick

  • Joe Walsh
    July 14, 2014 Reply

    Your Eminence: I am a faithful and practicing Catholic and I support those who are trying to prevent an uncontrolled influx of people to this country. Included with these “refugees” are MS-13 members, people with communicable diseases, and possibly, terrorists. I support immigration — but we must know whom we are letting into our country. We have limited resources for just the people who already are here. I contribute to many Catholic causes, including supporting a child in El Salvador. But we must first protect our national security. If we don’t, then we won’t be able to help those who need our help.
    Yours in Christ.
    Joe

    • chris
      July 15, 2014 Reply

      Joe, in order to know who we are letting into our country, we must first let them off the bus.

  • Christine Marro
    July 14, 2014 Reply

    Bravo Cardinal Dolan

  • Micki Kaye
    July 14, 2014 Reply

    I had the same experience your Excellency…Praying for others to see the light and open their hearts

  • Hugh Byrnes
    July 15, 2014 Reply

    The true sadness of this dilemma is that these children are being used as pawns by those of us to secure our positions, We who comment on the right or wrong of this disaster had better start taking responsibility for causing it. The President by his absence, doesn’t seem to acknowledge that it a a problem

  • John
    July 15, 2014 Reply

    But your Eminence, people, being the fallible things we are, had had enough. 400 illegals will break a small town and if there were others before rhem…I hope you see my point. One or two needing help is one thing but when your government buses them into your town…These people just couldn’t take it any more. Yes, we should care.for those less fortunate than ourselves but unfortunately, there is a.human limit.

    • chris
      July 15, 2014 Reply

      But there is no divine limit, John.

  • Barbara
    July 15, 2014 Reply

    Early this morning, I had a conversation with a close friend and she initiated the subject of “those awful children who are being driven over the border” in buses. “It has to stop!” she railed. “They are bringing disease into this country! And what kind of parent would just stick their kid on a bus to who-knows-where? Some of those children have criminal records!” she yelled. “It’s the Mariel boat people from Cuba all over again!” She was too angry for me to get a word in edgewise. “They just want to get rid of their children. They should all have their tubes tied!!” she shrieked. I asked what kind of “criminals” small children could possibly be—-were they charged with stealing food? She had no answer, but she continued “They should dump them all at Guantanamo!!” She was so angry I could say nothing that would help her see the way I was looking at the tragedy of these children. (By the way, she has never had any children, nor is she married—two life-changing events that may have helped soften her views). All day I struggled trying to think of what I could say to her to help her understand what I was thinking. Tonight I would like to thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for putting my thoughts into words. Maybe I’ll see what tomorrow brings…..maybe I can use different words with her. In the meantime, I’m not sure how we have remained friends for over fifty years…….

  • Scott
    July 15, 2014 Reply

    Included with these “refugees” are MS-13 members, people with communicable diseases, and possibly, terrorists.
    So, they are just like native-born citizens; fortunately Jesus associated with the infectious and the criminal. As a Christian and as an American you are not entitled to discriminate between the immigrant and the native-born. The American polity, originated by people who migrated here without respect to the customs of those who were already here – or by those migrants’ descendants – has no right to even restrict immigration, no matter how onerous it may be. We are all “anchor babies”.

  • Deacon Bill Gallerizzo
    July 15, 2014 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    Very profound. Too many feel entitled to where they are, when in reality, God is just loaning us the space here. Some of these protesters have never gone to another country and have ever been on the other side. Maybe their families have forgotten what happened when they came. Lest we forget one of Christ’s lines in Matthew 25, “When I was a stranger, you welcomed me.” Thanks for sharing that with all of us.

  • Anita
    July 15, 2014 Reply

    As the adoptive parent of a boy from Guatemala, I have a photo of a young Guatemalan woman, her eyes all puffy and red from crying, holding her newborn son for one last time. In her interview, she said that she could not manage to care for him, and she wanted a better life for him in the USA. I am sure her decision did not come easy. This is the only photo my son has of his birthmother. I cannot imagine under what circumstances I would be willing to send my child unaccompanied, illegally, to a foreign country. These are people who love their children just as much as we love our own. We are only fooling ourselves if we think they aren’t. Perhaps if we could try just for a moment to understand how bad the situation must be to lead a parent to make such a decision, we could then become the people we would want our children to meet upon arrival if we had been the ones making the heart-wrenching decision to send them unaccompanied to a foreign land.

  • Judy
    July 16, 2014 Reply

    Isn’t it true that 80% of those crossing over are actually males aged 15 and over? Perhaps if the government weren’t being so secretive, even forbidding health care workers to discuss the medical situation, people would not be so distrustful. And immigration must be legal. These individuals have already broken the law just by coming here. Why would communities believe they will not do so again once released into the general population? Right now the government is using the same Church they would like to crush.

  • Bill G.
    July 16, 2014 Reply

    From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

    “no country is bound to accept all those who wish to resettle there. By this principle the Church recognizes that most immigration is ultimately not something to celebrate. … [N]o country has the duty to receive so many immigrants that its social and economic life are jeopardized.”

  • Linda Dokey
    July 16, 2014 Reply

    I too am ashamed of the way the women and children are being treated. Why do Countries treat their own so cruel.where is the love of neighbor in each of us? Praying for all GOD’S PEOPLE! AMEN

  • Ellie
    July 16, 2014 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,
    I agree that we have to take care of people in need and my heart is broken as I see these little children. I also believe that the pictures of those residents as angry was not quite the picture that I think that the these children should see; how frightened they must be; however, I don’t think the government or the Catholic church is handing this well. First of all I think that, as an example of Christian Catholic charity, the Church should fund these immigrants lives in toto. It should be requested from the pulpits that the parishioners donate more money for their care. It should not be the taxpayers. that have to shoulder this debt. I donate money to various charities including the Cardinal’s in NYC but I don’t ask the taxpayer to do it for me. How charitable is it for me to tell someone to donate, in this case the government, and I take credit for it? So yes I say that the Catholic Church should be shouldering the debt. In the past before welfare services different ethnic and religious groups supported the new immigrants but now everything has been transferred to the government. The American taxpayer is already overburdened. Perhaps it was better on the most local levels, i.e. parishes should offer hospitality. We already have closed Catholic schools that could be utilized(and renovated) as places to hold people until they could be properly located and not deposited in the middle of towns. Also, I do not think that it is charitable to malign people who woke up one morning to find that their town’s population increased by 500 people whom they are ill prepared to care for. These people are frightened themselves. They are financially stretched to the limits so the Catholic Church should tell them not to worry that they and their fellow Catholics will shoulder the debt and acclimation of these people to their new country.

  • John Charles
    July 16, 2014 Reply

    Care for the children at the border is necessary; better the Church than the government. Further, as a cornerstone of our republic, the rule of law is a fundamental requirement to our political and economic system. The rule of law is what makes the Nation so attractive to migrants who want to escape tyranny and the glue that binds us as a Nation. It also helps secure human dignity and justice.

  • Jason Archer
    July 17, 2014 Reply

    I couldn’t find “McAndrews, TX” on the map. Were you referring to McAllen, TX?

  • cathy
    July 31, 2014 Reply

    while we love our fellow man. We should also go to the source of the problem and help fix where they are coming from. Its must be extremely difficult to leave their roots.
    We should also armor them with Our Ladies Rosary. They can ask her for her intervention and help. The rosary is very powerful

 

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