Why is Pope Francis injecting himself into the immigration crisis on our southern border? Who will be left to help the poor, when America’s economy collapses under the weight of socialist ideals like open borders, free health care, free housing, and free education for all?
In February 2016, Pope Francis joined Democrat legislators, a handful of RINO’s and local mayors to work hand-in-hand with President Obama to push immigration from Mexico and South America to the US. Every player in the scheme had their own agenda. Of course, Obama has only one desire, and that was to fundamentally transform America. Democrat legislators were working to add massive numbers of dependent immigrants to their voting base. The RINO’s (Republicans In Name Only) were beholden to large corporations, whose only goal is to secure cheap labor, and finally, local mayors want the federal funding that comes with the placement of each immigrant in their communities.
Besides the obvious charitable aspect, what’s in it for Pope Francis? What’s in it for the Catholic church? Many Catholics (myself included) are wondering why we pass the collection basket more than once several times throughout the year to help subsidize churches, schools, and orphanages in Mexico and South America if the ultimate goal is to bring them here?
In Ciudad Juarez, one of the most violent cities in the Western Hemisphere, thanks to drug cartels, the pope walked up a ramp covered in flowers toward a cross “erected… in memory of migrants who have perished trying to reach the United States just a stone’s throw away,” according to Reuters.
In an interview with Fox Business Network following the announcement of Pope Francis’ visit to our southern border, President Trump said that he did not believe Francis understood what he called “the danger of the open border we have with Mexico.”
In a statement, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said, “The pope always talks about migration problems all around the world, of the duties we have to solve these problems in a humane manner, of hosting those who come from other countries in search of a life of dignity and peace.”
Immigration is a theme close to the pontiff’s heart. He has demanded that countries welcome those fleeing poverty and oppression and denounced what he calls the “globalization of indifference” toward refugees.
Now, the Vatican News is reporting that Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to assist migrants in Mexico. The funds, from the Peter’s Pence collections, will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by sixteen Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, which requested assistance in continuing to provide food, lodging, and basic necessities to the migrants.
US border closed
According to a statement from Peter’s Pence, “In recent months, thousands of migrants have arrived in Mexico, having traveled more than 4,000 kilometers on foot and with makeshift vehicles from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Men and women, often with young children, flee poverty and violence, hoping for a better future in the United States. However, the US border remains closed to them.”
Diminished aid and media coverage
In particular, the aid is intended to assist the more than 75,000 people who arrived in Mexico in 2018, in six migrant caravans. “All these people were stranded, unable to enter the United States, without a home or livelihood”, the statement reads. “The Catholic Church hosts thousands of them in hotels within the dioceses or religious congregations, providing basic necessities, from housing to clothing”.
Wouldn’t it be a better idea for the Catholic Church to help these migrants in their own countries? How does aiding people to flee from their homeland, instead of working to create a safer environment and more stable economy help them?