Catholic Cardinals: we are all bigots and it’s wrong when illegals go home

From Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two Catholic cardinals called the current U.S. immigration situation “a terrible crisis” and “a dark moment in our nation’s history” in remarks they made July 28 at the opening Mass and plenary session of the 2008 National Migration Conference.

Both Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, and Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles urged participants to hold on to hope in their work with immigrants for local and national church agencies.

The July 28-31 conference attended by more than 850 people was co-sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services. 

There is not one word mentioned that organizations like the US Conference of Catholic Bishops is largely funded by you, the American taxpayer (you paid for this conference as well!).  These Catholic organizations receive millions and millions of tax dollars annually for refugee resettlement (we have 5 pages of posts on Catholic Charities involvement alone) and immigrant services of all sort, including Head Start programs and job counseling.    So, as the immigrant population declines so will their budgets!  I would respect their holier than thow  thou arguments if they at least admitted their vested interest in keeping immigrants coming. 

One of the ‘good’ Cardinals went on:

Cardinal Mahony more directly took on the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation and the federal enforcement policies that have led to “the separation of families, the harassment and profiling of U.S. citizens and legal residents, the expanded use of detention against those who are not a flight risk or a danger and, tragically, deaths in the United States desert.”

The recent national policy described as “deportation by attrition” has a goal of creating “such a dangerous and unwelcoming atmosphere that immigrants and their families leave the United States because they have no other choice,” said Cardinal Mahony.

It has led to fear among immigrant communities and a hostile atmosphere, “fanning the flames of intolerance, xenophobia and, at times, bigotry,” he continued.

Some of us Catholics don’t need to be lectured and called names.   When the Catholic Church does its charitable work with its own private money then it can lecture all it wants.  In the meantime, if we are all paying for the upkeep of these organizations then frankly, shut up.

As for “deportation by attrition”, a new study from the Center for Immigration Studies is pointing to just that—illegals seem to be leaving on their own.  You can read about this good news here at CIS or in the Washington Post today here.

Ahhhh! Today it’s a food stamp fraud bust in Toledo, OH

I just yesterday told you about food stamp fraud (again!) and today there is a new bust in Ohio.   What a surprise, looks like most are adherents of the ‘religion of peace’ but the article doesn’t say what nationality they are which would give us some idea if they were initially refugees or asylees.  (For a laugh see this post on how an Arab outfit noticed a pattern with the names of those arrested in these scams.)

Eight Toledo convenience store employees were arrested yesterday following a 10-month investigation into the sale of stolen property and fraudulent use of food stamp cards at local stores, police said.

Six of the eight people were charged with either felony or misdemeanor receiving stolen property. Two were charged with illegal use of food stamps and telecommunications fraud, both of which are felonies, Lt. David Schmidt of the police department’s property unit said.

The employees arrested yesterday were:

•Adel “Eddie” and Nabil “Bill” Saleh of the Peck Market, 1040 Peck St.

•Mohammad Zarour of Wag’s Carryout, 422 Steadman St.

•Rebecca Coffey of Katie’s Baby World, 1822 Lagrange St.

•Tahwer Qavi of Dollar Close-Outs, 2839 Monroe St.

•Ahmad Deen of the Lucky Dollar Mini Mart, 1713 Jefferson Ave.

•Michael Flowers and Sukhwinderdeep Singh of the Uptown Market II, 1602 Cherry St.

Three people charged with receiving stolen property remained at large yesterday, Lieutenant Schmidt said.

They were Wasif Alshahar of the Beer Dock, 932 Huron St.; Nawal Mamoud of the Prospect Red and White Market, 1902 North Detroit Ave., and Samir Braiteh of the Sunoco gas station, 350 West Bancroft St. 

Said the police lieutentant in charge:

“It’s been going on for years, just in varying degrees at varying times,” he said.

He said there is no conspiracy suspected, but I wonder if there are seminars taught in certain countries of the world in which ‘students’ are taught how to enter the US, get a convenience store and start scamming the dumb Americans.    You know there is a visa program (E-2 Treaty Investors) whereby someone with some money can get into the US if they say they are starting a business.

We need a leader in Washington who would work to change the law and make it impossible to use food stamps at these convenience stores and little gas stations.   Only large reputable supermarkets should trade in food stamps.

See my ever-growing list of posts on Food Stamp Fraud here.