California bishops announce support for two immigration measures

One would require California schools, hospitals and courtrooms to adopt policies that would limit immigration enforcement on their premises, another would create a state-funded program to provide legal representation for those facing deportation

State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, right, talks with Sen. Ben Hueso, D- San Diego, during the Senate session in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

In response to the national traction on immigration issues, this Session has seen the introduction of several California immigration bills. The California Catholic Conference (CCC) has decided to support two in particular, and is examining several others that have the potential to impact immigration in the State in significant ways.

The CCC is supporting Senate Bill 54 (SB 54), the California Values Act introduced by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León. SB 54 establishes “safe zones” that would prevent U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from enforcing deportation charges. The bill would that require California schools, hospitals and courtrooms to adopt policies that would limit immigration enforcement on their premises.

“To the millions of undocumented residents pursuing and contributing to the California Dream, the State of California will be your wall of justice should the incoming Administration adopt an inhumane and over-reaching mass-deportation policy,” said Senator de León in a prepared statement.

Senate Bill 257 (SB 257) by Senator Richard Lara (D-Bell Gardens) would require that schools continue to allow the children of deported individuals admission even though they no longer meet residency requirements.

Senate Bill 6 (SB 6), the Due Process For All Act by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), which would create a state-funded program to provide legal representation for those facing deportation.

At a press conference to announce the bill, Senator Hueso, Chair of the Latino Legislative Caucus, said SB 6 and other related bills “send a clear message to undocumented Californians that we won’t turn our backs on them. We will do everything in our power to protect them from unjustified deportation. In California we embrace people of all walks of life who work hard and contribute to our economy and that won’t change now.”

Full story at California Catholic Conference.

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  1. drewelow says:

    someone hasn’t realized that state law no longer really exists in certain ways when the federal government has a compelling interest or thinks it does.

  2. The California bishops have become enemies of America. In addition, although they think otherwise, they are not being faithful to Christ with their misguided disavowal of the rule of law and disregarding concern for the integrity of America’s national borders and the security of Americans.

    Where was this outrage when same-sex pseudo marriage was imposed by judicial decree? Where were the calls for resistance?

    The bishops’ sudden moral outrage and “courage” have everything to do with dollars: money that will be lost in federal grants if America enforces its immigration laws rather than ignores them.

    Bishops, you have no credibility in my eyes.

  3. And who listens to the California bishops and their opinions on how to vote?

  4. The California Catholic bishops should stick to their kitting.

  5. Julian, the USCCB is not only against America. They are also anti-Catholic.

  6. Steve Phoenix says:

    The California Bishops would never consider consulting the daily briefing from jihadwatch.org, the news site of Robert Spencer. Their failure to understand the dark forces that are hiding behind our essentially open-borders immigration policy are underscored by the account today of a former female jihadist, who converted to Christianity:

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/03/former-jihadist-turned-christian-evangelist-warns-of-educational-jihad-against-west

    Isak Abla, who was recruited by her jihadist husband to come to the West to foment jihad, states that her mission was to further the 4 prongs of jihadist undermining of Western societies: educational, media, economic, and by population means. Her account is a manual to…

    • Steve Phoenix says:

      ..understand the crisis we are facing and the serious nature of the essential meaning of Islam, sharia, and jihad.

      We can be certain our bishops will never bother to consider her account, which they would have flocked to, had she remained a “Muslim woman.”

  7. Panther Mom says:

    Exodus 22:21 – Moses gives God’s law: “You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien; for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.”

    • Margarita says:

      Resident aliens are LEGAL immigrants. They have been granted by the government permission to live here. They are green card holders, they pay taxes, and they enjoy resident privileges. The only thing they are not allowed to do is vote.

      Illegal aliens are not resident aliens. They break through the back door. They’re lawbreakers. They violate the Seventh Commandment, “Thou shalt not steal what do not belong to you,” i.e., citizens rights and privileges and entitlements. Illegals also violate the Tenth Commandment, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.”

      The question is, Why do Catholic Bishops enable illegal aliens to violate the Commandments?

      So don’t even quote Exodus 22:21 because that verse in the Bible…

      • Panthermom says:

        Ok. How about:
        Leviticus 19:33-34 “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

      • Illegal Aliens are sucking California coffers dry. Catholic Bishops should recognize that we Catholics are guests in a Nation founded by Protestants, and give to Cesar what belongs to Cesar. In this case, Mexican and Central American paupers are not Cesar. They come in with the original sin of breaking the law, and many break is reèatedly for example by stealing false Social Security numbers, FoodStamps, Obamacare, and many types of welfare programs.

        • Steve Phoenix says:

          You have to understand (I am sure Gratias and Margarita do, by the way), that Panthermom— like most de jure Progressives—predictably never addresses the salient facts presented uncontrolled mass immigration nor about Salafist Islam, the true face of Wahabism, which is conquest by any means necessary. At first peaceful, later by force.

          At times like this, Progressivists lapse into biblical literalism, pre-selecting biblical passages such as Leviticus [which elsewhere advocates execution of homosexual individuals, or for that matter, prohibits haircuts (Lv. 19:27)?] to cherry-pick favorite dictates.

          Just never address the true face of a literal interpretation of the Q’uran: and by the way, imams that don’t practice…

          • Steve Phoenix says:

            …literalism with regard to protecting the sacred Q’uran, are deemed “bad Muslims” and subject to fatwa and execution.

            Panthermom, please address these issues, wont you?

    • deplorable says:

      Oh. So we can call them aliens ?
      Surely there must be Biblical guidelines for the behavior of guests — I mean aliens. But those would be inconvenient to quote.
      The Israelites eventually left Egypt, with the help of God and according to His Will.
      Read all of Exodus.

  8. Steve Phoenix says:

    The Cal bishops refuse to follow continuing developments in Germany, where the bishops’ bizarre preference for Salafist Muslims and their ideology is part of their policy of “protected immigration status.”

    3 days ago police authorities raided a pro-jihad mosque linked to several terrorist attacks in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony state, Germany: This is from a blogger in Germany who knows the facts that the US media and USCCB want to obscure:

    https://vladtepesblog.com/2017/03/14/hundreds-of-police-raid-mosque-in-hildesheim-germany/

    Back a few months, Bp PJ McGrath of San Jose visited the SABA mosque in San Jose: Hamza Sodagar and Farrokh Sekaleshfar, two recent radical imam speakers there, have also been welcomed at SABA…

  9. Steve Phoenix says:

    Erdogan (PM of Turkey) tells European Turkish Muslims “Have 5 children instead of 3. You are Europe’s future.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2017/03/17/europes-future-erdogan-tells-turks-europe-five-kids-not-three/

    That is an invasion you are looking at.

  10. Our first duty is to help feed, house and employ the people we already have here — the citizens. Then and only then can we worry about bringing in others.

    Has anyone looked at our infrastructure, streets and highways lately? They are a mess here in California and in many other states. One dam just cracked and caused flooding. Others are ready to go.

  11. Steve Phoenix says:

    Always good to refer to Islam, shari’a and Muslim leaders for a clear take on women’s role in Islam and the coming wave:

    “One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory.” – Houari Boumedienne, Muslim revolutionary and later President of Algeria (b. 1932- d.1978)

  12. Steve Phoenix says:

    Or, Panthermom, what’s your take on this?

    Muslim Brotherhood’s purpose, in its own words, according to a historic MB document:

    “Our goal is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” — “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America,” Mohamed Akram, May 19, 1991.

  13. Steve Phoenix says:

    Still no answer from Panthermom on why we should admit mass immigration numbers with no concern for the ideologies they will insist on deploying in the US democracy.

    One of the states named under the Trump admin temporary travel ban is Iran. Lately, according to Robert Spencer (jihadwatch.org), there has been an increase once again on acid-splashing attacks on unveiled women—a violation of the hadiths of the Q’uran—in Iran. Warning: graphic images of what happens to women in radical Sharia Islam:

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/03/iran-alarming-rise-in-acid-attacks-against-women-who-are-not-properly-veiled

    Jews, homosexuals, women—all threatened under what is the commonplace belief structure of Qom-style Shi’a teaching…

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