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Have US bishops sold out to the ‘open borders’ world order?

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March 13, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A group of 14 Catholic bishops who live on the U.S. and Mexican sides of the Texas-Mexico border have signed a statement rebuking President Trump’s immigration policies. It’s a mixed bag.

I’ve previously written about how the bishops rely on proof-texting Bible verses to support their open borders stance. Read here. Unsurprisingly, their latest statement begins by quoting Matthew 25:35 (one of their favorites): “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” 

Quite obviously, Catholics must do this. But always with prudence. There is an order to charity that, at least when it comes to matters of national policy, must first be extended to fellow Americans. To my knowledge, U.S. bishops have never called for a limit on the number of years refugees should stay in the United States. Nor have they endorsed a cap on how many of them should be allowed in. On this, they’re in lockstep with the Democrat Party, which wants a steady flow of persons coming in over the southern border. I’d be shocked to learn if any of the bishops were in favor of putting ceilings on either figure. But unlimited and indiscriminate flooding of strangers into a country clearly violates Catholic principles on the rights and duties of nations to protect their common good. (Read more on that topic in this in-depth interview with a priest from the Society of St. Pius X.)

The bishops go on to say that extreme violence and poverty is what drives many immigrants to the border and that we shouldn’t “assume they are criminals, as they are sometimes perceived.” Many of them are “victims of criminal elements in their own countries.”

True. But why don’t the bishops call for improvement to the Mexican economy or for their police force to be more effective? Isn’t that the root of the problem? The drug trade and the multinational corporations in the U.S. that entice workers to cross the border illegally are also at fault. Yet Trump has been the toughest president ever on the Mexican cartels and on opioid addiction in the United States. Very few, if any, American bishops praise him for his efforts. Deal Hudson is right to wonder if the bishops are plotting to make sure Trump doesn’t get re-elected in 2020.

What the bishop’s statement also embarrassingly implies is that the Mexican Bishops Conference has done such a poor job at preaching the Gospel that the country has become such a wasteland of corruption that every person should be allowed to claim refugee status in the United States. As absurd as that sounds, it’s not hard to imagine the bishops being unopposed to transplanting half of Mexico into the United States.

If the bishops were serious about solving the border crisis they’d issue a statement imploring the Mexican people and their leaders to live out their Catholic faith so true peace and harmony would flourish, thus eliminating the need for persons to flee in the first place. Human beings have a duty to better their home country before giving up on it and jetting off to another one.

Rather than act as if Mexico is a failed state like Libya, which it is not, the bishops should throw their support behind measures that streamline the legal immigration process in the United States instead of turn a blind eye to those crossing illegally. They should also be more vocal in calling for economic assistance for Mexico’s poorest citizens, which is precisely what the Trump administration has already done. Last year, the president announced $5.8 billion in aid and investment for government and economic development in Central America, and another $4.8 billion for southern Mexico.

The remainder of the bishops’ statement calls for some changes in the way the U.S. handles court cases with asylum seekers. It also asks for God’s help to “welcome, protect, promote, and integrate immigrants, as requested by Pope Francis.”

Fine. But I can’t remember the last time the bishops or Pope Francis actually called for immigrants to be truly integrated into the country they arrive in. Isn’t this the pope who believes in “unity in diversity” and apologizes to aboriginal peoples?

When it comes to the issue of immigration, U.S. bishops never tire of using language that guilts Americans into thinking they’re committing sin by supporting a border wall. This is false. As St. Thomas Aquinas taught, the number of persons let in to a country must be balanced with the natural and supernatural common good of the country receiving them. In other words, economics, costs to the taxpayer, the education system, social harmony, and the entire gamut of other issues related to a nation’s overall health must be part of the equation. A country has the right to preservation and to be free from groups of persons that would radically disrupt its equilibrium. Immigrants also have the duty to integrate themselves into the welcoming country. 

Germany is learning this lesson the hard way after letting in millions of Muslims from the Middle East, the vast majority of whom are un-assimilable young men. Not only is Germany’s day to day life witnessing civil unrest and rampant sex crimes, it may not even be German in thirty years if its low birth rate doesn’t pick up. The entire country will have been annihilated by Islam.

Some may say that the United States is better off with more immigrants. “Diversity is our strength! We are a nation of immigrants,” it's often remarked.

I guess that depends on whether or not you think social cohesion is enhanced when Americans have fewer things in common with their neighbors. In past centuries, immigrants assimilated into the mainstream American culture, which was deeply rooted in Western values. In recent decades, social justice warriors have made the United States a balkanized, identity politics-driven cesspool of hatred where minorities and illegal immigrants have been taught to despise “privileged” white Christians, white men in particular (the media’s reaction to the Covington story is proof enough of that). How is America better off?

I guess it also depends on whether or not you think immigration is being used by Democrats to grow their base and if it's being employed by international elites to create a cosmopolitan, secular world order without borders. It’s clear to me that this is precisely what’s going on. But don’t take my word for it. Take former Secretary of State John Kerry’s, who in 2016 told graduates of Northeastern University to ready themselves to enter “a complex and borderless world.”

Count me among those who see things the way Archbishop Schneider of Kazakhstan and Cardinal Robert Sarah do. Both men have on multiple occasions said there is an orchestrated, globalist plot utilizing mass migration to de-Christianize the West and to create a blended, post-national, one-dimensional world. Shame on U.S. Bishops for not echoing their remarks.

A never-ending stream of millions of persons across America’s southern border violates Catholic principles on immigration and the rights of nations to protect their common good. A nation’s borders, language, and culture can and should be defended, most especially if the country has a Christian orientation. Read this essay and this response to it from The Josias website to learn more about the Church’s teachings on immigration, which are far much more complex than a single Bible verse about welcoming the stranger.

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Stephen Kokx

Stephen Kokx is the Assistant Director of Digital Marketing for LifeSiteNews' Catholic Edition. He has previously worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Peace and Justice. A former community college instructor, Stephen has written and spoken extensively about Catholic social teaching. His essays have appeared in such outlets as The Remnant Newspaper, Crisis Magazine, Catholic News Agency, and CatholicVote.org. Most recently, he hosted “Church and State with Stephen Kokx,” a podcast featured on Magnificat Radio.