Question: A Novus Ordo friend says that he has been told that Jesus was an illegal immigrant, and that Catholics have an obligation to vote against and disobey laws controlling immigration. Is he correct in any of this?
Answer: The idea the Jesus was an illegal immigrant is preposterous, but has become commonplace among the cultural marxists. It is supposed to give some sort of moral sanction to breaking down the law, and ultimately to a global government.
As far as we know from the Scriptures and the apocryphal writings about our Lord, He never left the territory of the Roman Empire. The inset at the lower right of the map includes all of His travels—from His birth in Bethlehem, His flight into Egypt, His youth at Nazareth, His preaching around the Sea of Galilee and down into Judea, His death on the Cross at Jerusalem—all within a few hundred miles, and all within the dominion of the Roman Empire at His time.
The territories on the map were ruled either by kings collaborating with the Roman authorities—Herod the Great, Herod Antipas, Philip—or directly by Roman procurators like Pontius Pilate. All were under Roman control, and the Romans were happy to see commerce amongst the provinces, for commerce meant taxes. The Romans made no trouble whatsoever for our Lord until they were induced to do so by the Sanhedrin just before His crucifixion. There was nothing illegal about Jesus’ comings and goings.
The right of a people to control its borders is similar to the right of a family to control entry into its home. It is reasonable to invite those with useful talents and a similar outlook on life, but unreasonable to invite those who will bring disease, crime, or present an unreasonable cultural or economic burden. Numbers must be reasonably limited; people go home after a big party. A family’s or a country’s obligation to help the less fortunate is one of charity rather than justice—there is no moral requirement to give away everything one has to solve the problems of the entire world.
The United States currently allow a little over 1,100,000 people a year to enter as legal permanent resident aliens—a larger number of legal immigrations than the rest of the world combined.[xii] Well over 5,000,000 visas are issued by the State Department each year, allowing guest students, workers, and tourists, as well as immigrants seeking permanent status, to remain in the country for significant time periods.[xiii] Perhaps the people most deserving of seeing the immigration laws reformed are those who have tried and are trying to become legal permanent residents and US citizens. It is hard to find any among them who have not faced chronic uncertainty, overwhelming bureaucracy, and significant attorneys’ fees.
It is tricky to number the people living illegally in the US or the cost of keeping them here. Every estimate, high or low, has an agenda. An estimated $20,000,000,000 leaves the country each year in payments to people “back home”—perhaps it is “only” $10,000,000,000—or $5,000,000,000—still a significant amount of wealth not re-invested in the US economy. It is claimed that California alone spends $10,500,000,000 a year on schools, medicine, and jails for illegals.[xiv] Folks in Arizona figure 31,000,000 for health care and 4,700,000 for welfare.[xv] Federal spending is estimated at $10,400,000,000 beyond that of the States.[xvi]
Perhaps the globalist bishops perceive US illegal immigration as Mexican and Hispanic, and thus a largely Catholic phenomenon—one which, if legalized, would add significant numbers of people to the Church in the US—numbers that would then contribute more wealth and political support to their efforts. They ought to consider that, by definition, illegals are law breakers and not law abiding additions to Catholic society. Immigration across the Mexican border includes a skyrocketing number of “Other Than Mexicans”—about 120,000 in fiscal year 2005. Many of these are Hispanic, but the number includes 1,653 from Communist China. “Other Than Mexican” detentions from “special interest countries” run around 600 or 700 a year. For the moment, cocaine smuggling is down a bit, but people smuggling is up.[xvii]
Given the Mexican “track record” for treatment of the Catholic Church, the good bishops ought to consider carefully whether or not they really want the American Southwest—the supposed nation of Aztlan, as the secessionists call it—to return to the sovereignty of Mexico. The battle of the Alamo is long over, with no one on either side still living—and before the Texans took the land from the Freemasons, the Freemasons took it from the Spanish, who took it from the Aztecs, who took it from the tribes they offered in human sacrifice. . . .
The idea that Hispanic countries are Catholic countries is long out of date. And just maybe we all ought to consider the possibility that the Moslems will be next to knock at our doors and demand entry. Sharia law, anyone?
[xvii] Library of Congress-Congressional Research Service. www.mipt.org/pdf/CRS_RL33097.pdf