I just caught up with a great piece by Terry Golway in the Irish Echo. The Well Trod Line Between Church and State talks about illegal immigrants and the role of Church and state.
Here’s an excerpt:
“The descendants of the Ellis Island generation may argue that their ancestors did it the ‘right way’ – shuffling through the lines, answering the questions of government agents, submitting to cursory health examinations.
Today’s illegal immigrants have done none of those things.
But, as the clerics of Houston reminded us, their lack of legal status should not blind us to their humanity. They did, after all, come here for many of the same reasons as the immigrants of old.
Can we put them on a path to citizenship and dignity while also establishing firmer control of our borders? The White House seems to think so. So do many Catholic bishops whose own families once were seen as too foreign, too alien, for mainstream American society.”
The New York Community Media Alliance posted the article here.