The Catholic Church.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, wrote this op-ed in yesterday’s Boston Globe.
But before they are “illegal,” they are human — women and men with families, hopes and dreams, a determination to find a better life for their children. Their humanity, human dignity, and — most of all — their children have the first claim on our conscience as Americans.
At another time in history those people could have been us. Our shared respect for humanity and our faith in the promise of a better future calls us to do better.
Yes, we have people who are here illegally. What many don’t realize is that when grabbed in immigration raids one is not in the situation of being innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. One is faced with the presumption of being illegla (sic), and lacks access to the mechanisms of the American legal system that are intended to protect against abusive actions by the government. If we will not address this issue now, we have no hope of addressing the true horrors of the MCA. And then the next step is the loss of protections for citizens merely on the basis of accusations by the government. Lest we forget, we have been down this route before, as we can see in the Korematsu decision.
Andy in Harrisburg