American Thinker: I admit to not having a passionate view on the immigration issue. I do think there needs to be reform, but I’m no Ann Coulter when it comes to the problem of illegal immigration.
That said, it bothers me to see the left, including many in the Catholic establishment, demonize the Trump administration for the situation involving the children of illegal aliens being temporarily separated from their parents.
It all boils down to the morality of illegal immigration.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (no. 2241):
The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.
Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.
Thus, it’s not accurate to assert or insinuate that Catholic teaching requires the promotion of “open borders” and immigration on demand. If you listen to some in the Catholic establishment, you might come away thinking that it does.