Aiding & abetting illegals
The New Sanctuary Movement in the U.S. -- houses of worship harboring illegal aliens -- is performing miracles. Dumbstruck liberals have stopped braying about the separation of church and state and questioning the tax-exempt status of religious organizations involved in political issues.
God works in strange and mysterious ways.
The movement is a growing coalition of churches, synagogues and other places of worship that is challenging the immigration system, according to USA Today. The sanctuaristas -- from New York to San Diego, Chicago to Miami -- help illegals facing deportation.
The men and women of God want the feds to stop raiding job sites to catch illegals. And they're lobbying for policies that would help aliens' families stay together, anchored in their adopted homeland, the newspaper reported.
A picture of Liliana, 29, a doe-eyed factory worker from Mexico with gold jewelry on her wedding ring finger, was on the front page of Monday's edition.
The newspaper said she crossed the border illegally in 1998. Five immigration agents came to apprehend her in May. She said to them, "What about my children• I have a baby. I'm nursing."
They caved. They told her she could report to a detention center five days later for deportation.
Instead, she hid at the home of a Catholic deacon. Her latest address and deportation defender is St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Long Beach, reports USA Today.
Yes, the government may enter the buildings to apprehend suspects such as Liliana. But how would those pictures look on the front page, on a Web site or on nonstop cable news channels• Liliana-gate is one of several Mexican standoffs involving the sanctuary movement and the state.
Immigration law is being violated in the name of a noble tradition. But those wanting sanctuary today are not the hopeless and hapless who faced almost certain death with no other available refuge. The Middle Ages was ages ago.
The ones being protected today came to America voluntarily. They were not being chased. They may leave whenever they wish. The sooner the better.
Does anything prevent the illegals from standing in line with the law-abiding aliens who have been waiting patiently to someday earn American citizenship legally?
Immigration law is being ignored by tens of millions of illegals, their U.S. employers and the federal government that's supposed to enforce the law. So many laws are being ignored that an illegal can live in the U.S. as a virtual citizen, opening bank accounts, buying cars and houses, accessing government programs while not paying income taxes and, if otherwise eligible, not registering for the draft.
When obeying the law doesn't matter to anyone else, why should it matter to the sanctuary movement?
This perversion of religion is another example of transformational anarchy -- the unofficial bipartisan, inside-the-Beltway policy to ignore the rule of law. The goal seems to be to slowly undermine the U.S. It's as if rebar enhancing the strength of poured concrete is purposely compromised to hasten the cracking, crumbling and collapse of America's foundation.
Post-Americans of the New World Order then could attempt nation-building by turning North America into a super state.
God help the republic.