A nation of immigrants demands immigration reform: Sisters Janine Beniger and Barbara Hughes

アメリカのニューオーリンズで移民法の改善を訴えてロビー活動などを進める、保守カソリックの政治団体の the Nuns on the Bus

その考え方の基本は アメリカン・インディアンは別として すべての市民が国外からの移民のアメリカなのに、あとから移民してきた人たちが市民としての権利を享受できないのは不公平



国民皆保険制度medicare で 不法移民たちが 払い込んだ金額から 実際にかかった医療費を差し引いた、余剰金(黒字)は1150億ドル

それに対し アメリカ生まれの市民たちのmedicareでは 280億ドルの赤字となっている

不法移民たちは若くて健康 ということなのだろう



普通の帰化でさえ 世界で一番手続きが煩雑で認可されにくい

65歳以上の人々が 全人口に占める割合が突出して大きい日本


保守的で排他的 異質なものはイジメの対象 の日本人の根性はここでも世界の中で異彩を放っている


A nation of immigrants demands immigration reform: Sisters Janine Beniger and Barbara Hughes

The great city of New Orleans is arguably the most colorful, cosmopolitan city in the United States, largely due to how the city celebrates the talents and specialties of its people from many diverse cultures. How appropriate it is, then, for the Nuns on the Bus to stop here this week at two of our many places that welcome immigrants: Holy Angels Center in New Orleans on Thursday (June 6) and Hispanic Apostolate Community Services in Metairie on Friday (June 7). Sponsored by Network, a National Catholic social justice lobby, the Nuns on the Bus are making a 15-state tour from Ellis Island, down the East Coast and across the Southern border of the United States to San Francisco. Their mission is to convince legislators and citizens that fixing America's heartless immigration policy is a national priority now.

It's a priority now because, at long last, both political parties have agreed that our immigration system is an urgent national problem. In the Senate, the bipartisan Gang of Eight offered a bill that has resisted amendments to weaken it and adopted others that make it more just. The House has agreement in principle on a bill that appears to have strong general support. Although that is just the start of a long legislative process, it is an opportune moment for the Nuns on the Bus to campaign for justice and to educate voters to press their legislators for what most Americans want our policy to be.

Specifically, a Gallup poll in January showed that more than two-thirds (72 percent) of Americans support immigration reform that would allow undocumented immigrants the chance to earn legal residency and, ultimately, citizenship. How can we do otherwise? Each of us, save Native Americans, are who we are today because our ancestors came here from another country. America invites other countries' "tired and poor, " as the inscription on the Statue of Liberty declares. It is the value of the Golden Rule that "we the people" want embedded in our immigration policy. That is what the Nuns on the Bus are talking about -- social justice.

How might American support for immigration reform grow in response to some stunning results the media reported late last week? Results from a Harvard Medical School study now disprove the vile disinformation that claims immigrants are a drain on federal health care spending. The study shows that immigrants have put billions of dollars more into Medicare in the past few years than they have taken out in benefits. They paid in a surplus of $115 billion over what they received from Medicare between 2002 and 2009. However, Americans born here paid in some $28 billion less than they received in benefits during the same time frame. What an eye-opener that is, in light of how our country treats immigrants under our current immigration policies.

Churches have long been the first refuge for each wave of immigrants in our history, because compassion is at the heart of religion. Immigration reform, therefore, is a natural mission for the Nuns on the Bus, who first captured national attention in 2012 with a bus tour from Iowa to Virginia that successfully challenged a U.S. House of Representatives budget proposal that would have decimated the country's social safety net programs for its poorest citizens. It would have transferred wealth from those programs to lower taxes for the already super-wealthy upper class. It was a perfect example of the other golden rule: The ones who have the gold make the rule.

At a minimum, the nuns are inviting all Americans to tell our legislators the following requirements for immigration reform.

Provide a clear and direct pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people who are undocumented in the United States today.

Ensure family unity. Establish legal status that will keep immigrant families together.

Enhance the present diversity visa program.

Protect the rights of immigrant workers.

Acknowledge that our borders are basically secure, with only minor changes needed.

Speed up processing of already-approved immigrants.

New Orleanians have known firsthand some of the benefits of immigration. Our uniqueness as a city has been shaped over time by immigrants from a great variety of counties, with each new group contributing to the richness of our culture. Following the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, we are aware that Spanish-speaking and other immigrants skillfully labored to rebuild our homes and our businesses.

There is enough evidence here and throughout the country of significant contributions immigrants are making with their very hard labor. They are long overdue our respect and our support for just treatment.

Janine Beniger and Barbara Hughes are members of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in New Orleans. The Sisters of St. Joseph is a community of Catholic religious women who have been serving the people of New Orleans, Baton Rouge and surrounding areas since 1855.


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