Thursday, April 20, 2006

From Fr John Whiteford
Más sobre la cuestión de inmigración y obreros migrantes

I know the neocons and xenophobes will jump on this as an excuse to abuse Mexicans. How timely and conveeeeenient as Dana Carvey might say — the neoconnerie are appealing to their nativist and racist bases (the wet-back as the new bogeyman) to distract from Iraq for example, not to mention the price of fuel, now almost as insane as in the UK. (It’s pig heaven for the oil companies.) But point taken: Mexico is hypocritical on the issue.

Again in theory I won’t be 100 per cent for open immigration (what about fairness and charity to one’s own people, a state’s first obligation before helping others?) but in practice, if I lived a la frontera and were confronted with the reality of people in need, I hope I would try to help them — sod the government.
COME unto me all that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.
- St Matthew xi. 28.

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