How religious leaders are responding to the immigration crisis

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  • Loconic Alpine, UT
    July 21, 2014 11:00 a.m.

    What's ironic is that there is another recent article here in the DN stating that these illegals each paid between $5,000 and $10,000 per head to have professional smugglers get each to the U.S. border. Obviously, they are not destitute.

    And yet once here, many people treat them as if they are penniless and destitute and came to escape gross poverty. Destitute people in dire poverty don't ante-up $5k to $10k to travel. I can't even do that.

    So they come here with ideas of what they've been told... that America will not send them back and that they will get all kinds of charity and welfare. And so they do.

    People like dave4197 always believe whatever story is the saddest and most heartbreaking, regardless of what the actual situation is and without ever bothering to research the truth. Then they condemn and judge anyone who does. Sad. No wonder there are entire huge industries who continue operating on the premise of Americans' overly naive charity and generosity.

    Generosity and charity are wonderful if combined with sanity and done in ways that don't encourage more illegal activity. This does.

  • rmk South Jordan, UT
    July 17, 2014 5:34 a.m.

    Take them back same day and make every employer do e-verify. Have the social security administration report all ss# that don't match the name and help these people return home to their families. We all know theres love at home.

  • prelax Murray, UT
    July 17, 2014 1:22 a.m.

    It's great that the Churches are stepping up and helping. After encouraging people to come here illegally, some of them bear part of the responsibility of what's happening.

    I hope they don't buy those who re-write history and try to blame it on violence and poverty. The government knows they are here for the amnesty. Biden and Kerry have both told the people of Central America that they will not get waiver-amnesty. That it is only for people here before the deadline.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2014 7:31 p.m.

    We've always been a nation of immigrants. We legally let in more than 1million per year. Thats' in addition to millions of student visas.

    Problem is, we don't have infinite resources. At some point, we, as a nation will be so broke that we can't even take care of our own.

    Do we want to become as destitute as the nations' that are sending their unwanted here?

    Even today homeless persons (legal U.S. residents)are asking WHY the illegal alien trespassers are faring so much better than them.

    Shouldn't we be helping our own residents FIRST?

  • Darrel Eagle Mountain, UT
    July 16, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    I'm always told as a rebuttal to abortion that there are plenty of people wanting to adopt...

    Well, we just had an influx of 50,000 minors.

    Put your money where your mouth is.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    July 16, 2014 12:28 p.m.

    Ten days ago the federal government released a report explaining WHY these children are coming here. Out of 230 people surveyed by the Border Patrol upon capture 219 of them said they were coming here because Obama was offering amnesty to young people and that the government was not enforcing our immigration laws.
    They aren't fleeing violence back home; they are coming here to be Obama's DREAMERS.
    Let's not make this a case of refugees. By their own admission the are drawn here because our immigration laws are not being enforced.
    To their surprise, this false information has become true due to loopholes in the law. A Notice to Appear is just as good as amnesty because they can live and work here without worry.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    July 16, 2014 12:12 p.m.

    To "dave4197" but what about being humane to the cities where the immigrants are being dumped? Could your school system handle the influx of 2,000 or more students that speak no English and may be carrying infectious disease? Dropping off some of the people into populated areas is no better than when the Indians were given blankets laden with smallpox.

    The humane thing is to clean them, feed them, let them rest for a day or two, then ship them back to their countries of origin. If they decline to identify their country of origin, we have no choice but to send them to Mexico where they gained entry into the US, and let them figure out where the illegal people have come from.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    July 16, 2014 11:28 a.m.

    Some people say that the highest priority is to shut down the porous border. Since the government appears powerless to do so, I suggest the next highest priority is to open the international gates along that border to these children. That way the children can be documented as they enter the U.S., and families already here know where to pick them up.

    The humanitarian crisis is made worse by having them sneak across the Rio Grande River in dangerous circumstances, with no way to communicate with the families prepared to receive them.

    Otherwise, we are simply giving the smugglers more business.

  • dave4197 Redding, CA
    July 16, 2014 11:15 a.m.

    shane offers the epitome of inhumane treatment of people, it's a tragedy that opinions like his get printed. don't call your idea humane or kind, shane, it's as opposite as can be.

    I'm with the Pope when he encourages us to "welcome and protect" these children. I'm with churches who open their facilities to house these refugees. In this way churches and other charitable organizations are often better than the gov't, quicker than the gov't, and cheaper than gov't "solutions". The gov't should reach out to churches and charities and partner with people who will open their homes to these refugees.

    Of course a long term fix is to stop the causes of violence and poverty in their home countries, let's get to work helping those countries see straight.

    Refugees like these need immediate help, not shouting and screaming blockers. There are short term and long term needs here. Let's be humane and compassionate and help people in need here and now.

  • Shane333 Cedar Hills, UT
    July 16, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    I have no problem with being humane and kind. I think it is wonderful to humanely give the illegal immigrants a healthy sack lunch while kindly putting them on a bus to take them back to Mexico, Guatemala, etc. There should be no need for further processing beyond determining which bus to put them on.

    July 16, 2014 8:19 a.m.

    In a message delivered to the Mexico-Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development on Monday, the pope drew attention to the migrant children who he said often undertake the dangerous border crossing into the US alone in order to escape violence in their home countries:

    "This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected. These measures, however, will not be sufficient, unless they are accompanied by policies that inform people about the dangers of such a journey and, above all, that promote development in their countries of origin."

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    July 16, 2014 5:27 a.m.

    An article about churches and illegal aliens...and the DN doesn't even have anything to say about the LDS Church.