I appreciate the comments to Part 1. Let me try to give my thoughts on this issue and the associated dilemma we face. I will give my recent experience chronologically.
On Monday, our speaker for RCIA gave the talk on social justice. It was a well balanced discussion that properly presented the hierarchy of for-sure-don'ts such as abortion vs. think-about-its like buying coffee from a "green" company. There was still a point at which he indicated that the Church teaches we need to open our hearts to all immigrants, including-- with dramatic pause and critical stare-- illegals. In the context of the RCIA class, it all went down pretty easily.
Then Tuesday came, and we got the news of the Cottonwood bus accident. Then on Wednesday on my way to work I heard the (alleged) name of the guilty driver-- Morales. My spidey senses tingled and, much like JThorp's boss I wondered in very short order whether this woman was an illegal immigrant. Unlike JThorp, however, I don't feel like it's a "sad" situation to think this way, nor is it even sadder that my intuition was borne out.
I thought this way because we have created a social dynamic whereby following the law has become optional for a hefty segment of our population, namely illegal immigrants. I truly believe that by becoming passive and lax about immigration, the message is that laws can be ignored. Such is the case here-- this woman didn't have a license; clearly doesn't have any driving skill; and is thus a deadly menace on the road. In fact, she had already been picked up by local police for erratic driving-- they didn't think it was all that unusual that a "Morales" would be driving that way without a license and thus they didn't report her to immigration authorities so she could be deported. That's the real "sad" situation, that the apathy toward legal authority is now so commonplace that the cops in Cottonwood didn't feel like they should do anything about it. They could have saved those children's lives.
So, I completely disagree with our RCIA speaker that I need to "welcome" illegal immigrants. I don't. But at this late hour, when it's not practical to kick 12 million illegals out, we should at least deport any illegal that commits a crime. The Catechism says that's OK.