After the Republican Party unveiled their “Republican Principles on Immigration Reform”, Speaker Boehner, a devout Catholic, asked Pope Francis to hear his confession.
Bless me Father for I have Sinned…
“There will be no special path to citizenship for individuals…Rather these persons could live legally only if they are willing to admit to their culpability, pass rigorous background checks, pay significant fines and back taxes, develop proficiency in English and American civics, and be without access to public benefits.” *
“Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity, they are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more. A change of attitude towards migrants and refugees is needed on the part of everyone, moving away from attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalization towards attitudes based on a culture of encounter, the only culture capable of building a better, more just and fraternal world.” **
“We must secure our borders now and verify that they are secure. In addition, there will be a zero tolerance policy for those who cross the border illegally or overstay their visas in the future…Finally, none of this (i.e. giving legal status to undocumented immigrants) before specific enforcement triggers have been implemented.” *
“Being disciples of the Lamb means not living as if we were a ‘besieged citadel’ but as a city set on a mountain, open, welcoming and supportive. It means not assume as attitude of closure, but bringing the Gospel to all, bearing witness with our lives that following Jesus makes us freer and more joyful.”
“The goal of any temporary worker program should be to address the economic needs of our country and to strengthen national security. Of particular concern are the needs of the agricultural industry, among others. It is imperative that these temporary workers are able to meet the economic needs of the country and do not displace or disadvantage American workers.” *
“Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.” **
* Actual text from the “Republican Principles on Immigration Reform” Released on 1/30/2014
** These quotes are excerpted from sermons, speeches and interviews of Pope Francis.