Pope Suggests the U.S. Open Southern Border to All
I expect this will occur the day the pope throws open the gates of Vatican City to all who wish to live there.
Invoking Martin Luther King Jr. and his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, Francis made an impassioned plea for the refugees fleeing Syria, saying the crisis is “of a magnitude not seen since the Second World War.”
Noting his own status as “the son of immigrants,” the pope pivoted to a more sensitive subject: The flow of illegal immigrants across the United States's southern border.
He urged compassion for immigrants, warning not to repeat “the sins and the errors of the past” by turning them away.
“On this continent, too, thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of greater opportunities. Is this not what we want for our own children? We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation,” Francis said, according to his prepared remarks.
“Let us remember the golden rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’ ” he added.
“This rule points us in a clear direction. Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves.”
Several Democrats applauded as Francis declared, "We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners."
Most Republicans did not join in the applause, with GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a son of Cuban immigrants, among the exceptions.
The old Cheech and Chong joke about the papal stance on sex -- "He no playa the game, he no makea the rules" -- applies here. Vatican City is a self-governing enclave of Italy, and yet, you need a pass to get into the area and a permit to live there.
Perhaps the pope could allow 100,000 Syrians to set up camp in St. Peter's Square? Nothing like showing "compassion" for the immigrants. Of course, the idea is ridiculous but so is telling us to open our border to allow millions to come in. Will the Vatican send cash to help us take care of them?