Friday, March 17, 2017
Indeed, America has traveled a long road since the days when many native-born Americans regarded Catholic immigrants as an ideological and racial threat.
But it’s also a fitting time to recall how things once were. Pope Francis arrives amid a political season rife with violent rhetoric directed at millions of Catholic immigrants and their American-born children. Much like an earlier generation of newcomers who faced a toxic blend of racial and nativist backlash, today’s Catholic immigrants have found themselves the unwitting subject of an intense debate about the very meaning of what it means to be an American.
I had a long chat with my presumptively Catholic Mexican-American landscaper the other day. He likes Trump, though he doesn't vote, as a green card holder. And probably so do most legal immigrants to this country from the global south. He had nothing but contempt for the crybabies (not his term, but that's what he meant) who were opposing our current POTUS. The reason? The economy. He said things were perking up, including (legal) traffic from Mexico.
The Catholics who came here over the decades came to work and loved the whole idea of this country. That makes a difference. So do the vast majority of Catholics now. If any don't, I'd say don't let them in. At least they should *like* this country, whether they're Catholic or not, obviously.