The Pope Weighs in (Again) on U.S. Immigration Policy

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Washington DC, USA-September 23, 2015: Pope Francis has arrived and is waving to the crowd. Many people are taking photos. This is on D Street near DAR Constitution Hall. Pope Francis traveled around the Ellipse giving the general public a chance to see him. Copyright: Coast-to-Coast

Pope Francis made international headlines on Thursday when he reignited the debate about walls and U.S. immigration policy. Aside from his characterizations of Donald Trump, the statement he made to a reporter in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the views he expressed on immigration are not new. He said much the same during his visit to the U.S. last September. In an op-ed published in The Hill on the occasion of Pope Francis’s visit last year, FAIR’s president, Dan Stein, addressed some important considerations that the pope and many well-meaning religious leaders overlook in their advocacy on behalf of open immigration. Here, again, is that op-ed. Recommended Reading: Blogs by FAIR on Pope Francis and immigration

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    The Bible says that also not steal Coming here illegally is stealing It says do not lie coming here illegally you’re living the Lie The Bible says do not covet Anything that your neighbors The Bible says covetousness is at the Idolatry The point is that I could go on and on and on and on No need to Read the Bible The Bible says obey the laws of the land The concept is As long as the laws are not in conflict with his word You need to decide whether The pope is a false prophet Or not

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    Yeah, l lost belief in the Catholic religion when a priest had the nerve to say my son didn’t exist in the eyes of God. Do i went to another priest who said he would ne be happy to baptize my son. Now l have eliminated the ‘middle man and pray directly to God through Jesus Christ. So, the pope’s opinion stinks just like everyone else’s.

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      then you are not a Catholic…..what do you lie to yourself…you can have your own God…it does not have to be a Catholic one

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    Every time Israel takes out the terror tunnels and missiles the US sends the “palestinians” a few billion more dollars to build it all up again!

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    The usual silliness is in operation on this issue. In answer to the point that the Vatican has a very large wall around it, the usual suspects say that millions of people are inside the walls every year. Big difference, because they are tourists. They pay their money and leave. Just try and stay and those Swiss guards will be escorting you out in a jiffy.

    Israel proved that a wall works because they built one years ago when suicide bombers were coming from Palestinian neighborhoods on the West Bank and causing mass casualties in restaurants and buses. Of course, all the usual hypocrites condemn them for that, but ignore the fact that Egypt has erected a steel barrier along it’s border with Hamas-controlled Gaza and cleared a 500 meter buffer to prevent tunnels being dug between Egypt and Gaza.
    It’s too bad Muslims don’t put half the effort into improving their lives as they do into terrorism and war.