Mixed Messages to Immigrants

In a presentation on March 24 at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, in Anaheim, Calif., Cardinal Roger M. Mahony pointed to Matthew 25 to find this sacred mandate—“For I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Cardinal Mahony discussed the major historical waves of immigration into the United States and spoke about the different backlash movements against immigrants. “The so-called ‘flood of immigrants’ has always alarmed some native-born Americans,” he said. “Some feared job competition from foreigners. Others disliked the religion or politics of the newcomers. Has anyone heard that recently? We’re still hearing the same thing today.” Cardinal Mahony said the United States as a nation has been sending “two clear messages at the same time: ‘no trespassing’ and ‘help wanted’; ‘no, we don’t want you here’ and ‘yes, we need you.’ So that’s created a big, big problem now and especially for the future.”

More:

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

My dad’s golden rule demonstrates that we should go out of our way to lift up the dignity of women.
Nick GenoveseJanuary 23, 2017
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he is looking forward to a new era of close relations with the U.S. under Trump.
Communities need to be saved from "corruption, extortion, the illegal trafficking of drugs and weapons," he said.
The action was hailed by pro-life leaders as it continues Ronald Reagan's legacy.