Friday

Will you help undocumented people even if it means breaking the law?


This post was placed in one of the local ParishWorld blogs for St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Rialto, CA. The sentiment of this anonymous writer seemed so genuine, it prompted us to place it as a question that we would like all of you to reflect upon.

Here is the original post:

I have a concern that tugs at my heart. Am I willing to go to jail for helping an undocumented person by giving them food, clothing or spiritual nurishment? As a Catholic I know it is what I am called to do, but will I accept the consequences if this pending legislation goes into effect?
- Anonymous

Here is our question to you:

As Catholics, you know what you are called to do. But if this pending legislation becomes law, will you still help all our undocumented brothers and sisters? Are you willing to accept the consequences of such actions?

Let us know what you think. You can sign your comment anonymous if you so wish.

God bless.

Wally Arida
Publisher & Editor in chief

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jesus said, "Love each other as I have loved you." Jesus would help out our brothers and sisters in need, documented or not. I would do the same.

Miguel Q. said...

I have family who are illegal. There is no way we will turn our backs on them. We are good people and good Christians.

Paul Dion, STL said...

If an undocumented person needs my help to survive, legislation or no legislation, I will do it. The "good samaritan" law in California might be able to cover the help that was offered.
Personally, I don't think that there is a legislator in the country who would vote to pass such a law. I also don't believe that there are any law enforcement people who would arrest anyone for breaking such a law.
Finally, I would buy a return ticket for an undocumented person who wanted to return to the home country to sign up for the legal immigration process. After all, We have been waiting for 24 years for some of our relatives to come here from abroad legally. We are good people and good Christians too, and we cry at the funerals of those who died waiting for their documents to come here

Beth said...

Let us pray for our undocumented brothers and sisters. It is already hard as it is to make a living without the burden of undocumentation. They live an even harder life than regular Americans.