“We are passing up Americans to breed more Mexicans to America.”14 Jun

Here’s a quote from one of our Faithful Citizens in response to a recent request to bring the message of Jesus to bear on the immigration debate by calling Kentucky’s two Senators and asking them to oppose amendments to S. 744 which are harmful to immigrants:

I am not for amnesty, it’s not the time plus look at it closely, it will cost us money no matter what gov says. Plus we must encourage White Americans to have more children. We are passing up Americans to breed more Mexicans to America. That leads to a nanny state & endless democrats in political office. It’s a numbers game!

Imm Mak Amer StrongFortunately, this person’s attitude and opinion are not shared by the majority of Kentuckians regarding comprehensive immigration reform. Harper Polling released the results of a Kentucky survey conducted June 2-3, 2013 on the Senate’s plan for immigration reform.

The results clearly indicate that an overwhelming number of Kentuckians support the Senate’s plan to create a path to citizenship. And 73% support the method for doing so: pay a penalty, learn English, pass a criminal background check, pay taxes and wait thirteen years.

Politicians who have fought and now fight against this plan might want to think twice about the wisdom of that decision. Only 21% of Kentuckians would be less likely to vote for an elected official who votes YES for this legislation.

And Kentuckians don’t want to wait. Eighty-three percent agreed that the immigration system is broken and they want the problem solved: once and for all. And an even higher percentage, 88%, said it is important to fix this broken immigration system this year.

The Catholic Conference of Kentucky asks that all persons of good will, but especially Catholics, raise their voices in support of comprehensive immigration reform that meets the following criteria:

  • Provides a path to citizenship for undocumented persons in the country;
  • Preserves family unity as a cornerstone of our national immigration system
  • Provides legal paths for low-skilled immigrant workers to come and work in the United States;
  • Protects vulnerable populations including refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied children; and
  • Addresses the root causes of migration, such as persecution and economic disparity.

Click here to send a digital postcard to both our Senators and your member of the House of Representatives.

Prayer is a powerful action so calling upon our Father to protect some of His most vulnerable children is vey important. CCK wishes to thank Deacon Bob Joice for providing some thoughts, ideas, reflections for use during weekend liturgies throughout the coming months. For homily ideas, click here; for suggested petitions to include in the Prayer of the Faithful, click here. If you have ideas useful to others, please send them to us.

Pray also for the conversion of Catholics who send us ugly comments about Jesus’ brothers and sisters.

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Photo: Courtesy Patrick Delahanty

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