IAUSA Irish Apostolate

An Immigrant's Musings - February 2013

MAKING PROGRESS

  

The journey to the destination, the end of which is comprehensive immigration reform, is a road that has many twists and turns. Like every journey, it has its ups and downs. One of the little victories, at least locally, has taken place in the Illinois State Legislator, with the passage of a bill, which, will allow undocumented residents to have temporary drivers permits.

 

The majority of the faith groups supported this bill as a practical step to easing the burdens experienced by people, who for the vast majority, are here trying to work hard to support their families. It is also supported by those who say that, allowing these folks to have driver's education and get insurance to drive will make our roads safer for everyone.

 

This of course is a temporary measure and though a welcome development, it is not a permanent solution to the larger issue. The larger issue, to which I refer, is our broken and out of date immigration system. With that in mind and aware of the renewed possibility of action on a more comprehensive approach, the U.S. Catholic Bishops, have once again called for legislation that will include:

 

1. An opportunity for those who live in the U.S. as "unauthorized immigrants" to transition to "legal immigrants" if they can demonstrate good moral character and have built up equities in this country.

 

2. Efforts to maintain and strengthen the family-based immigration system and family reunification.

 

3. The institution of a temporary worker program that is responsive to the needs of the market and that employs strong enforcement mechanisms to ensure that abuses do not occur.

 

4. The restoration of due process for individuals caught up in the immigration system.

 

Beyond the immediate goal of securing passage for comprehensive immigration reform, the bishops affirm  that the most effective, long-term solution to prevent unauthorized immigration is to address the root causes that prompt migration. The United States must work in solidarity with the international community to help raise the standard of living, uphold human rights, and implement complementary political institutions in the underdeveloped world so that people have the chance to prosper in their homelands, rather than having to migrate to find opportunities elsewhere.

 

If you agree with the bishops, please let your Senator/Congressman know that you support this approach.

 
 

 

 

Helpless Love

 

Once upon a time all feelings and emotions went to a coastal island for a vacation.  According to their nature, each was having a good time. Suddenly, a warning of an impending storm was announced and everyone was advised to evacuate the island. The announcement caused sudden panic.  All rushed to their boats.  Even damaged boats were quickly repaired and commissioned for duty.  Yet, Love did not wish to flee quickly. There was so much to do.  But as the clouds darkened, Love realized it was time to leave.  Alas, there were no boats to spare. Love looked around with hope.

 

Just then Prosperity passed by in a luxurious boat. Love shouted, "Prosperity, could you please take me in your boat?"  "No," replied Prosperity, "my boat is full of precious possessions, gold and silver.  There is no place for you."  A little later Vanity came by in a beautiful boat.  Again Love shouted, "Could you help me, Vanity?  I am stranded and need a lift. Please take me with you."  Vanity responded haughtily, "No, I cannot take you with me.  My boat will get soiled with your muddy feet."  Sorrow passed by after some time.  Again, Love asked for help.  But it was to no avail.    "No, I cannot take you with me. I am so sad.  I want to be by myself."  When Happiness passed by a few minutes later, Love again called for help.  But Happiness was so happy that it did not look around, hardly concerned about anyone.

 

Love was growing restless and dejected.  Just then somebody called out, "Come Love, I will take you with me."  Love did not know who was being so magnanimous, but jumped on to the boat, greatly relieved that she would reach a safe place.  On getting off the boat, Love met Knowledge.  Puzzled, Love inquired, "Knowledge, do you know who so generously gave me a lift just when no one else wished to help?"

 

Knowledge smiled, "Oh. that was Time."  "And why would Time stop to pick me and take me to safety?" Love wondered.  Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and replied, "Because only Time knows your true greatness and what you are capable of.  Only Love can bring peace and great happiness in this world."  

 

The important message is that when we are prosperous, we overlook love.  When we feel important, we forget love.  Even in happiness and sorrow we forget love. Only with time do we realize the importance of love.  Why wait that long?  Why not make love a part of your life today?  

 

 

 

    

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Should you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at:  sliabhanoir@yahoo.com or 773-282-8445

 

Fr. Michael Leonard

Chicago Irish Immigrant Support

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

YOU CAN FIND FR. LEONARD'S "MUSINGS" FOR THIS PAST YEAR ON THE CHICAGO IRISH IMMIGRANT SUPPORT WEBSITE:  http://www.ci-is.org/monthly-articles/an-immigrant-s-musings/

 

 

The Irish Apostolate USA is the umbrella organization for the Irish Immigration Pastoral and Outreach Centers in the United States, under the direction of the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants. 

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Geri Garvey, Administrator
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