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Father Bascio presents a strikingly different perspective on
illegal immigration from that of most Christian clergymen.
He turns his spotlight on the harm of officially tolerated
illegal immigration to America's own struggling workers in
the form of joblessness, shrinking wages and poorer working
conditions. African-American workers, already plagued by job
discrimination, bear the heaviest burden of the illegal
invasion, which locks them out of many workplaces or drives
wages below acceptable levels. The chronic non-enforcement
of immigration laws is no accident: Congress has little
stomach for ending something so profitable for their most
powerful donors and the voters they can muster. The author
fears that many committed Christians are blinded to these
abuses by their church leaders' preoccupation with charity
toward illegal aliens, while ignoring the plight of millions
of low-wage Americans. He deftly rebuts the self-serving
myth of employers' and politicians' that illegals "do jobs
Americans won't do." Bascio also sees the profit motive
behind legal immigration policies that lure the third
world's best and brightest to America, stripping poorer
nations of their physicians, teachers and scientists. As a
Catholic priest, the author admits the unpleasantness of
taking a position not shared by his Church's hierarchy,
which is driven by the prospect of rising membership. Bascio
sees unchecked illegal immigration as having grave
consequences for overall U.S. tranquility: disdain for the
rule of law, street gangs, document fraud and identity
theft, staggering welfare and education costs and creeping
"Balkanization" that threatens the national principle of E
Pluribus Unum. Father Bascio's book is a resounding appeal
to Christians to re-examine their churches' conventional
view of illegal immigration and consider the hardship it
brings for fellow Americans and its dangers for the nation
as a whole.
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