Yesterday, I wrote that Bishop Soto, chairman of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, is wrong to equate abortion with the issues of immigration and poverty in America. Not long before I published that, Rick Santorum was in Des Moines saying the bishops are wrong on immigration, period. And he is right. They are wrong.
From the Des Moines Register:
Obradovich: We’re getting short on time but I do want to ask you quickly about immigration. The Catholic bishops have called for comprehensive immigration reform that includes an earned path to legalization. Are they wrong?
Santorum: Yeah, they are. I mean, we are a country of laws and we have to enforce our laws. If we develop the program like the Catholic bishops suggested we would be creating a huge magnet for people to come in and break the law some more, we’d be inviting people to cross this border, come into this country and with the expectation that they will be able to stay here permanently. I compare that to my grandfather who came to this country in 1925 to escape Mussolini’s Italy but he came by himself. My father was left behind. My uncle was left behind and eventually my aunt and what happened was he had to work here for five years, earn his citizenship and then bring the family over. What are we saying to all the families who are doing it the right way, who are separating from their families, who are making those sacrifices and then we say well, everybody who broke the law came here and we’re going to let you in and those folks, well sorry you’re chumps, you played by the rules. We have to have rules and we have to keep those rules in America or we would be a magnet for more people who want to break the law.
A grandson of immigrants and a faithful Catholic, Rick Santorum is not anti-immigrant. He wants a strong America where the rule of law is enforced. It’s the American way…and frankly, it’s also the Catholic way.
Let’s make America a shining city on a hill once again by putting Rick Santorum in the Oval Office.