by Lisa Graas at her blog,LisaGraas.com
on July 20, 2014
We find at the Washington Post, that the Obama Administration essentially facilitated an open door at the U.S.-Mexican border for an influx of illegal immigrant children, prepared for an influx of 60,000 of them, and ostensibly believed it would stop at that number. As more information becomes available, we also find that at least some of our Catholic bishops may have been involved in covering up this reality of an open border while some dioceses were reportedly being paid millions of dollars to care for those who were pouring through it, and while holding themselves up as models of holiness for the media, presenting to us an image of a “closed” (ostensibly unjust) border. It pains me to say that, but there it is.
<em>Nearly a year before President Obama declared a humanitarian crisis on the border, a team of experts arrived at the Fort Brown patrol station in Brownsville, Tex., and discovered a makeshift transportation depot for a deluge of foreign children.
Thirty Border Patrol agents were assigned in August 2013 to drive the children to off-site showers, wash their clothes and make them sandwiches. As soon as those children were placed in temporary shelters, more arrived.
An average of 66 were apprehended each day on the border and more than 24,000 cycled through Texas patrol stations in 2013. In a 41-page report to the Department of Homeland Security, the team from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) raised alarms about the federal government’s capacity to manage a situation that was expected to grow worse.
The researchers’ observations were among the warning signs conveyed to the Obama administration over the past two years as a surge of Central American minors has crossed into south Texas illegally. More than 57,000 have entered the United States this year, swamping federal resources and catching the government unprepared.
The administration did too little to heed those warnings, according to interviews with former government officials, outside experts and immigrant advocates, leading to an inadequate response that contributed to this summer’s escalating crisis.
Sarah Palin, Allen West and others are right that this was an impeachable offense even before we had confirmation that the administration was both aware of and complicit in the crisis…but of course, he won’t be impeached because there are not enough votes in the Senate to remove him from office. Impeachment would be an exercise in futility, politically speaking, along the lines of the government shutdown. Our first priority should be to find out what the truth is and to expose the truth. Until we learn the truth, expose it, and educate people about it, we will not have the political wherewithal to address it.
Democrats have continually insisted that the border is “so, so secure.” Nothing could be further from the truth, but lying isn’t just a presidential problem anymore. It’s a problem with everyone who is sympathetic to the cause of toal amnesty and a completely open border. We should include our Catholic bishops in that group. The activity of our bishops has suggested that the border is akin to the Berlin Wall and that Catholics have a moral obligation to call for an open border, even as the border was already open, and even as Catholic dioceses were being paid millions of dollars in taxpayer money to be care for those who were pouring through it.
In April, Cardinal O’Malley led a delegation of bishops to the border to convince us all that the border is not only “secure” but that it is immoral that it is secure. The claim was that the border, not the openness of the border, is causing deaths.
At that April 1 outdoor mass next to the border fence between Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Mexico, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of the Boston Archdiocese and a delegation of bishops called attention to people who have died trying to cross the border.
Religious leaders often describe the deaths, which most often happen in harsh desert terrain during the scorching summer months, as a humanitarian crisis that has resulted from a flawed immigration system.
“We know the border is lined with unmarked graves,” Cardinal O’Malley said. “They call them illegal aliens. We are here to say they are not forgotten. They are our neighbors. Our brothers. Our sisters.”
In this, the Church was sending the message that there is a moral obligation to open a border that was already open and that they knew was open. The border is lined with unmarked graves precisely because it is open and people are dying to get to that opening. Why are they dying to get to the border? They are dying to get to the border because we have created what Rick Santorum rightly calls a “defector obligation.”
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