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Arizona police find themselves forced to ask

‘What does an undocumented immigrant look like?’

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

When Arizona enacted an immigration law that put enforcement in the hands of the local police and sheriff’s departments, it did so as a result of the Federal government’s failure to address a broken immigration system, according to Sister Angela Erevia, MCDP.
But while she understands the problems associated with the current system, Sister Angela said that Senate Bill 1070, which was passed into law April 23 by Arizona governor Jan Brewer, is not the way to handle it.

“We are concerned about border security,” stressed Sister Angela, Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Dodge City. “I’m concerned about the smuggling of humans across the border and the drug trafficking. I’m concerned about the dangers that they pose to the residents along the border. But the way to deal with it is not state by state, but by the Federal government taking on the whole issue of immigration reform.”
The new law, including the amendment signed by Gov. Brewer seven days after she signed the first bill into law, states that police may investigate an individual’s immigration status when an encounter occurs during a “lawful stop, detention, or arrest.”
In the past, arrests or investigations were conducted by federal agents – most often during raids on companies, including meat packing plants. Now, simply running a stop sign can result in arrest and eventual deportation.
It’s an issue that has not only enraged the immigrant population, but many police officials as well, who see their new roll as undermining their efforts to keep law and order.
Police officers are forced to ask themselves what denotes “reasonable suspicion,” thus allowing them to question a person’s documentation. What does an undocumented immigrant look like? Will Canadian or British immigrants be questioned as to their legality when pulled over for a traffic violation? Will the large Native American population in Arizona suddenly find themselves asked to provide proof of residency?
Sheriff Clarence Dupnik was the first law official to come out against the law, insisting that it will result in racial profiling.
“If I tell my people to go out and look for A, B, and C, they’re going to do it,” he said. “They’ll find some flimsy excuse like a tail light that’s not working as a basis for a stop, which is a bunch of baloney.”
Unfortunately, Dupnik’s actions could get him in a lot of trouble, since the law allows citizens to sue law enforcement officials who fail to comply with the law.
Another question being asked is equally disturbing: Will Hispanics begin to distrust the local law enforcement, refusing to report crime, or leaving a crime scene because they are afraid to serve as a witness?
Regardless of the arguments against the bill, at the heart of the issue for many Americans is the simple fact that the undocumented immigrant is breaking the law. Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe recently unveiled a proposed law mirroring the Arizona law, saying that he wanted all undocumented immigrants in the state in jail or “sent home.”
Others see it as a moral issue. They see a broken immigration system so bogged down in red tape that families are forced to wait years – sometimes separated from each other – before the proper documentation is awarded. It’s a system they say forces people into the shadows while simply trying to feed their families, Sister Angela said.
“Of all organizations, the Church is the one that they need in order to have a sense of community and a sense of belonging,” Sister Angela said. “That’s why it’s important that we as Catholics look at our Gospel values of welcoming the stranger.
“First of all, there’s the fear of separating parents from their kids because some of the children are citizens and some of the parents may not be,” she said. “So they’re afraid they might be separated.”
An article in a past issue of the Southwest Kansas Register detailed the story of a young girl who came home one day, sat on her porch until night had fallen, waiting for her mother who never came home because she had been arrested and deported that day.
It’s a story that Sister Angela believes will be repeated often in Arizona.
“Can you imagine the fears of kids who have undocumented parents -- going to school and not having the security of family? How can they learn at school when they are concerned that their parents may not be there when they get home? Psychologically it breaks down people.”
The Catholic Bishops of the United States have always been on the side of immigrants, respecting their dignity and protecting their human rights. In 2003, the U.S. Bishops wrote a document detailing the need for immigration reform: “Strangers No Longer; Together on the Journey of Hope.”
In part, it reads: “In recent years, immigrants have been subject to laws and policies that debase our country’s fundamental commitment to individual liberties and due process. These laws and policies, including detention for months without charges, secret hearings, and ethnic profiling, signal a sea of change in our government’s policies and attitudes towards immigrants.
“We are a nation with a long, rich tradition of welcoming newcomers. Government policies that unfairly and inappropriately confuse immigration with terrorism do not make us safer, tarnish our heritage, and damage our standing abroad.”
The bishops urge our government to revisit these laws and to make the appropriate changes consistent with due process rights.

 

Past Issues

Feb. 10, 2019

Jan. 27, 2019

Jan. 13, 2019

Dec. 23, 2018

Dec. 9, 2018

Nov. 25, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018

Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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