Thursday, January 12, 2006

What's wrong with this?

Jan. 10 (CNA/ - The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, criticized what he termed the “xenophobic attitude” of the United States on hearing news that construction of a 559-mile fence along the US-Mexican border to keep illegal immigrants out is moving ahead.

After celebrating Mass at the archdiocesan cathedral, the cardinal said such expressions of xenophobia were beneath the United State, or any other country in the Americas.

Read the complete article Mexican cardinal raps "xenophobic" US stance on immigrants from Catholic World News.

The last time I checked, the US admits more legal immigrants every year than all other states on earth combined, but the US is still labeled "xenophobic" because it doesn't want to let people cut in line?

This is very simple. There is no justice in accepting that Mexicans have some kind of special pass to get into the US simply because they happen to live next to the US. What does that say to the millions of people who have immigrated to the US legally over the last 200 years? Are today's Africans waiting to come to the US any less worthy than the Mexicans? Or the Chinese or the Iraqi or anyone else?

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