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CHICAGO, May 4, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) – True to his claim that immigration reform is “God's agenda,” Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has been getting comfortable with pro-abort Democrats to get his social justice initiatives underway.
On Sunday, the archbishop joined Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Il), a dissident Roman Catholic with a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood and NARAL on abortion issues. They met at the Temple Jeremiah synagogue in Northfield, Illinois, to discuss how people can support the cause of immigration reform, which often translates into Catholic Hispanics voting for pro-abortion/pro-gay marriage Democrats.
Speaking before an audience of 300, Cupich urged everyone to speak with friends and neighbors about the issue, saying to stand up to bullies wherever they find them. “Look for ways to tell our heritage stories and tell your representatives how you feel,” Cupich said. “Speak out, and don't let racist comments go by.”
With his eyes on 2016, Dick Durbin subtly reminded people that the more they organize Hispanic voters, the more likely another Democrat would be in the White House. “If we add 2 million new voters, that would change the debate for president,” he said of the 2016 election. “They will have an impact.”
Dick Durbin has been one of the key leaders behind the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act) for more than a decade. The bill, which allows illegal immigrants pathway to citizenship, has passed only in the Senate and has not yet been voted on in the House.
“If supporters would bring this bill to the floor, there are plenty of votes in Congress to have this passed,” Cupich said. “We should allow people to be able to speak through their representatives. There is consensus, but we need the opportunity to express consensus.”
The conference hit an ironic note when Cupich and Durbin lamented current immigration policies such as deportation, which in their words “breaks up families.” Considering Durbin supports policies that drastically undermine the family (abortion and same-sex marriage) while Abp Cupich remains silent or actively discourages people from fighting abortion, the remarks ring rather hollow.
Not once did Cupich mention his concern for the culture these immigrants will have to assimilate into once they get what they want.
“The longer we delay, the deeper the hopelessness we're creating in the lives of young people about their future,” Cupich said. “We will lose our center, our identity and our youth.”
Most audience members expressed generally favorable views towards the conference, saying they were glad to have Archbishop Cupich and Senator Dick Durbin supporting them. One audience member, however — Robert Castagna of Glenview — didn't feel quite so positive. His comments to reporters illustrate how truly non-proportional the immigration reform debate has become.
“This is a critical issue affecting the lives of millions of children and families,” Castagna said. “Families are being torn apart through deportation, just like slaves were sold. What have we learned in 150 years?”
Archbishop Cupich has in the past stated immigration reform is part of “God's agenda” and has made no similar claim towards abortion. In fact, Cupich has previously gone on record saying he has no qualms about giving Holy Communion to pro-abort politicians like Dick Durbin and, while Archbishop of Spokane, privately discouraged priests from participating in 40 Days For Life prayer vigils.