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Arkansas’ top Catholic clergyman, Bishop Anthony Taylor, and other Christian leaders on Tuesday criticized immigration laws they called unjust and contrary to biblical teaching.

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Front Section, Pages 5 on 09/05/2012

Print Headline: Bishop decries alien laws

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  • TheBatt
    September 5, 2012 at 8:36 a.m.

    It comes back to a couple of factors-

    #1- either enforce borders, or erase them. The illegal immigration debate goes far deeper than "poor people looking to support their families". There is also a significant (and growing) number of criminals (most of which are drug gang operatives) crossing illegally. We are now seeing a resurgence of old diseases that had been practically eliminated. And the burden to taxpayers that so many on the Left don't want to acknowledge (or who, in typical Leftist form, don't care about taxpayer burden...) They interpret the Bible to say Jesus commanded the government to take care of the poor- which is scriptural malpractice of the highest order.

    The second issue is directly related: since when is it the government's responsibility to "take care of the poor" - either biblically or constitutionally? The answer is IT IS NOT.

    The Federal Government has been as big of a factor in economic woes as any other. Then add the heavy hand of the same-said government who usurped the responsibility for helping people from individuals and churches- both by extracting ever-greater portions of people's income, and by establishing regulations that make it difficult for churches to help as the once did.

    It is all about control. It's also about false promises made to Americans for generations- promises of entitlement. Far too many Americans see no need to work if the government will pay them not too. 99 months of unemployment, disability for people far more able-bodied than our parents or grandparents who worked through aches, pains, or inconvenience. Promises that if $thousands are spent for a college education, you will get a plumb, high-paying job. So too few are willing to put in an honest day of labor for an honest (if modest) day's pay. Lies about a "living wage" that includes what 90% of the world's population would consider luxury.

    So yes, an artificial labor vacuume has been created that is being filled by both legal and illegal immigrants.

    September 5, 2012 at 9:07 a.m.

    Well said. I am really tired of the leftists in the clergy who "interpret" the bible to fit a leftist agenda.

    It is simply impossible for the gov to fix anyone's problems, whatever they may be. The solution lies with the individual who is willing to live a moral, responsible, and compassionate life.