Let’s Talk Immigration
On this week’s episode of Outside the Walls, I have the great pleasure of speaking the Most Reverend Eusebio Elizondo M.Sp.S., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle on the topic of immigration. Bishop Elizondo is a native of Monterey Mexico, and is a member of the USCCB Committee on Migration, so he has a very salient perspective on the matter.
In September of 2015, I spoke with fellow Patheosi, Sam Rocha, about the origins and issues surrounding the U.S. immigration laws. But since that time, the issues surrounding immigration in the US have become more troublesome. As such, I wanted to invite a Bishop on the show, to exercise his teaching office and help us get a truly Catholic perspective on the immigration issue.
We’ll be addressing both the refugee crisis and the growing problems with America’s immigration policies.
Legal vs. Illegal Immigration
Very few people will claim to be anti-immigration. Most will simply ask that those wishing to enter the country do so “the right way.” But I’ve found that those who claim this mindset have done little to inform themselves of what our laws currently expect/demand of the migrant wishing to come here.
And interestingly, those who suggest that the rule of law is morally binding in this case, would have objections to such a claim being made for abortion or same-sex marriage. Simply put, Legal doesn’t mean moral, and illegal doesn’t mean immoral. Below are several articles by Dr. Jeff Mirus which helped me in my quest to better understand the Church’s position on immigration.
- The Immigration Paradox: Blindness is Forbidden
- The Sovereignty Myth: On the Limits of Political Authority
- Immigration: The Contested Principle
- ‘Illegals’ are not ‘Immorals’: A Persistent Immigration Fallacy
- More on Immigration: A Contemporary Case of Corban?
- Pacem in Terris – Pope St. John XXIII
- Message for the 85th World Migration Day 1999 – Pope St. John Paul II