Originally Published: May 30, 2005 5 a.m.
One of the problems with demanding that the feds enforce immigration law is that people immediately will brand you a mean guy or gal.
If you want to stop poor people from illegally coming to the land of milk and money the U.S.A. some of your fellow citizens will define you as insensitive, selfish, racist, ghastly and downright anti-Christian. Those are tough charges to digest.
A co-worker at Fox News caught me in the hallway and said: "You don't like immigrants very much, do you, Bill?"
I gave my usual answer, which is if I were a poor man with a family in Mexico, I'd jump the border as well. I don't blame the aliens, I blame the corrupt Mexican government, which cannot build an effective economic infrastructure, and a cowardly U.S. government, which will not enforce immigration laws.
Then I asked the guy: "So it's OK with you that we pretty much let anyone into this country who can get to the border?"
The man said it was OK with him. Immigrants are good for the U.S.A. and how could any feeling person deny them entrance?
Cardinal McCarrick of Washington has also weighed in on this from a theological view. He says that true Christians must treat illegal immigrants with compassion because that's what Jesus would do. And the cardinal is right. Jesus probably would not be a border patrol agent. But, then, Jesus did direct us to "render to Caesar, the things that are Caesar's." And the law comes under the Caesar heading.
The good cardinal would not talk with me, but his spokesperson did. I wondered if Jesus had a spokesperson, but that's another topic. Anyway, the cardinal's guy said illegal immigrants should receive all help possible. Then I asked him if the cardinal had any solutions to prevent about 11 million human beings from sneaking in here. The man said the cardinal believed the American government should reform the economies of poor nations so folks would not have to come here. That is what the man said.
Jesus might be able to do that, but no amount of American largesse can lift countries like Mexico and Honduras out of poverty. We simply do not have the power to do that. Somebody tell the cardinal.