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When United Methodist Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño talks about tussling with political bigwigs on the topic of immigration reform, she is poised, yet forceful. Photo courtesy Perkins School of Theology.

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PASADENA, Calif. (RNS) When United Methodist Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño talks about tussling with political bigwigs on the topic of immigration reform, she is poised, yet forceful.

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  • Apel Mjausson

    There’s an important message in this article but the patronizing tone is getting in the way.

    Here is the opening sentence in its gender broken form to illustrate my point. I added Bishop Carcaño’s age, so that we’re aware this is being said about somebody who is nearly 60. In other words, a lack of maturity and experience is not the problem.

    “When United Methodist Bishop Salvatore G. Carcaño (59) talks about tussling with political bigwigs on the topic of immigration reform, he is poised, yet forceful.”

    The second sentence is a doozy too: “As the first [female] Hispanic bishop elected in the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination, Carcaño has had a lot of practice keeping his cool, especially when it comes to discussing divisive politics.”

    I’d be interested in seeing how other readers, as well as Lilly Fowler, could improve these sentences in a way that assumes that Bishop Carcaño already knows how to effectively get her message across in professional and political contexts.

  • Dave Francis

    Which Conservatives have turned traitor on American principles?

    Is it any surprise that Americans don’t trust their government anymore, when they use lies to get the public on their side? Can we possibly believe the majority of politicians when they flip flop over illegal alien numbers telling us that only 11 million people are here? Doesn’t it seem strange that the population figures have just fluctuated with little difference in the last 10 to 20 years? Doesn’t it seem odious that that there is no tough punishment, such felony when entering the U.S., without legal inspection? Is the legal populace going to be tricked again by those in Congress, by passing another amnesty or what they call Comprehensive reform? Are citizen voters, not non citizens going to have a say in another bombardment of illegal people, who waiting patiently to hear from Washington that another Amnesty is in the works and are ready to swiftly converge on the borders, or slyly slip by immigration officials at airline terminals as one way visitors? Are those in the House and Senate not going to inform us beforehand that whatever the populace of numbers are, that taxpayers are going to be paying out the bill of another Two Trillion (Heritage Foundation) added to the trillions spent already by the White House inhabitants. What about Social Security, Pensions and retirement they will need? Millions of illegal alien parents already here are supplementing their income, with the monthly income from their minor children smuggled or born in America, without paying one dime into the state and federal treasuries, which is paid by you? Yes! It’s true, some pay taxes, but low income people collect it all back, plus billions of dollars are stolen every year in reimbursed child tax credits, even if that child lives in another country; but up to now, the Congress has done nothing about it?

    Don’t citizens have a say in the educational conflict, when illegal aliens are going to get pricey in state tuition, when students from other states have to pay the out of state fees. How come illegal aliens can march into hospitals with their different health problems and walk out free of any payment. Yet Americans are hounded by debt collectors forever, with patients having to carry hefty payments to cover the insurmountable arrivals in the emergency rooms with everything from the flue or contagious diseases they have brought with from third world countries. Even our Drivers Licenses are not sacred documents anymore. Why are we not surprised that many in our government are so corrupt that big business can buy their favors, so that they can hire discount labor and lower wages for the most venerable people in our country. Immigration supplies over one million people to the U.S. population annually. The roughly estimated foreign-born population in the U.S. is now 31.1 million, a record 57 percent increase since 1990. About 8-11 million of those are here illegally–a 4.5 million increase since 1990. Almost one-third of all immigration during the 1990s was illegal. It is very unwise to believe that we only have 11 million in our nation but with the possibility of Amnesty, the Border Patrol has reported a sudden increase in the illegal immigration invaders. In post-1990 immigrants and their children accounted for 61 percent of population growth during the last decade and counting.

    Illegal Immigration must be stifled by resurrecting the 2006 Secure Fence Act, not the underfunded caricature seen in certain high density population sectors along the border, which we have been lied to about. Other laws with substance that could break the back of illegal immigration is THE SAVE ACT. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) introduced the SAVE Act (H.R.830) last Tuesday – a bill that would mandate E-Verify nationwide, strengthen border security, and improve interior enforcement. This must be propelled through the Congress now, along with the BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP BILL. These laws that must commence immediately as every year hundreds of billions of dollars in free education, health care and many other benefits, which has been bestowed on children of illegal parents as automatic citizenship in perpetuity; it is should be rescinded as the parents receive the advantage of cash entitlements for every child they conceive and gather your dollars. Seeing the incredulous garbage of this amendment, it must caste out, as intentional theft of our taxes and will continue forever, whereas most countries have now closed the loopholes. Only children of a U.S. citizen should be entitled to claim the privilege of citizenship. Daily, pregnant Mexican and Central American women on the verge of giving birth, make their way across the U.S. border to have their baby in an American hospital. These children become the notorious “Anchor Babies.” And then gain a foothold for the extended family, which you eventually pay for and extorted by the IRS. Once the baby is born on American soil, he or she instantly attains U.S. citizenship? Not only are the parents almost always allowed to stay and not deported, but since they have no income, the baby is eligible for welfare, (WIC)Women, Infants with children, Food Stamps, etc.–all at the expense of the great American taxpayer.

    I guarantee that if every American swooped down on the nervous, mostly corrupt politicians we can get these laws passed. Fight for America now, fight against overpopulation, fight to reduce taxes that are used to supplement foreign nationals, fight to make English the only language, fight to stop the travesty of illegal alien children crowding our schools, specifically in the border states, fight for the U.S. constitution that is being bypassed by the President Obama Liberal progressives and socialist agendas, Call your politicians in Washington and at state level and demand they listen to its citizens and legal residents. That number is (202) 224-3121, for the Central Washington switchboard. When there are 23 million American jobless, while millions of illegal aliens are hired then we must speak up. You can also petition your local, state and federal Representative at the NumbersUSA website.

    Who elected these odious morons that are destroying this country?

  • sonofSocrates

    What is the consequence of rewarding illegal behavior?

  • John Riingen

    Why do some people call them “illegal alien”? Is the term used to make the campaign more effective? Why don’t we just call them “undocumented immigrants”? Anyway they are already in the US doing the tasks nobody wants to do. It’s true many of them receive free social services from the government, just like many of our US citizens, whites or colored. But not all of them are; in fact, most of them pay their taxes.
    John R.

  • juststirringthepot

    Not to agree with the terminology, but the term “illegal alien” is used to refer to those who are “alien” (their citizenship is elsewhere) and whose entry was “illegal” (outside of established legal channels. It’s really not that hard to understand. To turn your question around, is the common use of “undocumented” used only for those whose legal paperwork has been “misplaced” or does it include those who have purposefully evaded established legal procedures? Not being accusatory, just playing devil’s advocate here.

  • Terry Heislen

    It would be nice if RNS could write about United Methodism without quoting Mark Tooley and representing the political position of the IRD. There are plenty of conservative United Methodists, whose connection to the denomination is thoroughly legitimate, from whom you could obtain perspective.

  • Margaret

    Some people call them “illegal alien”, cause by definition, “illegal alien” is: 1.
    a foreigner who has entered or resides in a country unlawfully or without the country’s authorization. 2.a foreigner who enters the U.S. without an entry or immigrant visa, especially a person who crosses the border by avoiding inspection or who overstays the period of time allowed as a visitor, tourist, or businessperson”

    “They are already in the US doing the tasks nobody wants to do.”
    Not true. They do work Americans won’t do for $7 an hour (especially if Americans can collect welfare and unemployment instead). Of course, if you got rid of the illegals, the jobs wouldn’t pay $7 an hour. The people who wanted the work done would have to pay a wage that was attractive enough to get Americans to do the work. And it might even be enough to get Americans off the unemployment and welfare dole and back into the taxpaying workforce!

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