Papists take note. The Most Reverend Wilton Gregory spoke out against HB 87 on the steps of the Gold Dome this Friday.
Georgia’s doyen of political reporting, Jim Galloway, quotes the Archbishop saying the bill is “harsh and punitive.”
“I’m disappointed because much of the rhetoric — and I think a lot of it is rhetoric — is politically motivated and not related to the actual living situations of those who are here as undocumented residents,” he said. “Whenever you get into political rhetoric, you sometimes bring out the worst in people. You appeal to their least noble qualities…
“I think people are being demonized. Many of the jobs that are being described as being taken were there for the taking before immigrant people arrived.”
Galloway added that we are now in “Stage Two” of the immigration debate.
Gregory (and Bishop Kevin Boland of the Savannah diocese who co-wrote a pastoral letter in March)is, of course, correct–and I don’t just say that because Gregory is my pastoral shepherd. The simple fact of the matter is that immigration debates in the United States (and now, throughout the world) are taking on tones, and adopting policies that de-humanize people and rob humans of fundamental dignity and rights they are owed by by virtue of being human. Sorry for the truism but I just don’t care to get into detail about something that is prima facie stupid and wrong.
This is to say nothing of the sheer impracticality of the bill, something that is exacerbated with a dire economic outlook for the state. Oh, and of course the legislature in it’s infinite wisdom and quest for justice (two thirds of our state motto) approved a bill that will surely go thorough an extended fight in federal courts only to be struck down. (One other thing–please spare me the tripe and BS that HB 87 isn’t targeted towards Hispanics. There isn’t enough disingenuous in the world to help you out with that).
All in all, this is part of the bang-up job done by the General Assembly this year. Your tax dollars at work, Georgia!