First I'll deal with what the Holy Father said - versus what some dream that he said. Today he issued a message to an immigration colloquium happening in Mexico City. He said, "I would also like to draw attention to the tens of thousands of children who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence: This is a category of migrants from Central America and Mexico itself who cross the border with the United States under extreme conditions and in pursuit of a hope that in most cases turns out to be vain. They are increasing day by day. This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected. These measures, however, will not be sufficient, unless they are accompanied by policies that inform people about the dangers of such a journey and, above all, that promote development in their countries of origin."
"These children be welcomed and protected". By whom? At first glance this could appear that the Holy Father is joining the chorus of southwestern US bishops who are clamoring for a de facto collapse of our national borders to our south. But consider what is going on. The Central American kids are being shuttled by Mexico, in hurried and unsafe manners, to the Rio Grande border. The Holy Father today spoke to Mexican leaders, not US leaders. Might he not have been chiding them for just shoving the Central American kids north instead of welcoming and protecting them? He also spoke of "promoting development in their countries of origin". This is a far cry from Cardinal Maradiaga's thinly-disguised rant that he and his president be allowed to ship their problematic children north rather than take up their own responsibilities towards their own citizens.
As I mentioned a few days ago, the southwestern bishops may have more than humanitarian interests in the immigration of these children, having received millions in Federal grants over the years in preparation for their cooperation. Michael Voris has a take on this that I didn't consider, particularly as it relates to changing the political landscape of Texas. Here is today's Vortex.
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