Ambassador Says Pope Francis Will Urge U.S. to ‘Open Doors’ for Immigrants

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by DR. SUSAN BERRY

The U.S. ambassador to the Vatican said that during Pope Francis’ visit to the United States next month, he expects the Pope will urge the U.S. to embrace its history of welcoming immigrants.

Ambassador Kenneth Hackett said the Pope’s immigration message will be important as lead GOP presidential contender Donald Trump has called for a border fence between Mexico and the United States and the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants, theAssociated Press reports.

“I think he’ll call us to continue to engage with it (the world), don’t throw any walls up around our nation, don’t revert to isolationism,” he said. “We are a nation of welcoming people, so that’s where I think he will put his attention.”

In addition to immigration, Hackett says Pope Francis will likely wish to discuss income inequality, family issues, and the environment while he is in the country.

AP also observes that President Barack Obama is about to fully pass the baton of “rock-star status” from himself to Pope Francis, who has “embraced many of the issues Obama has sought to advance, including global warming, poverty, and diplomacy with Iran and Cuba.”

Pope Francis has “transcended the Roman Catholic community,” AP states, adding that Obama has referred to him as a “transformative leader.”

Similarly, Vice President Joe Biden has said the pontiff’s visit to the United States next month will be an important event for all Americans, not only Catholics.

“Pope Francis has breathed new life into what I believe is the central mission of our faith: Catholic social doctrine,” Biden said in a statement. The vice president added the Pope “has become a moral rudder for the world on some of the most important issues of our time, from inequality to climate change.”

Pope Francis will have a brief visit at the White House during his stay in the United States. He will also visit Cuba on this trip.

“For Obama, the visit offers a chance to imbue his remaining goals with a sense of moral authority as he approaches the end of his presidency,” AP says.

Ironically, when Obama visited Pope Francis last year at the Vatican, his description about the meeting contradicted the official Vatican account. While Obama said he and the Pope had not discussed any social issues in detail, Vatican officials said the two leaders discussed religious freedom, life, and conscientious objection – terms often used to mean abortion and the birth control mandate in Obamacare.

A similar situation occurred in 2009, when then-House Speaker and pro-abortion, pro-same-sex marriage Catholic

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posed for a photo-op at the Vatican with Pope Benedict.

As Catholic News Agency reported at the time, the 15-minute meeting “turned sour” when Pope Benedict used the opportunity to reaffirm the Church’s teachings on the right to life and the duty to protect the unborn.

Following the meeting, the Holy See released a statement saying:

His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in co-operation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.

Pelosi’s statement about the meeting with Pope Benedict was as follows:

In our conversation, I had the opportunity to praise the Church’s leadership in fighting poverty, hunger and global warming, as well as the Holy Father’s dedication to religious freedom and his upcoming trip and message to Israel. I was proud to show his Holiness a photograph of my family’s papal visit in the 1950s, as well as a recent picture of our children and grandchildren.

Previously Deported Murderer Arrested at Texas Border

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by ILDEFONSO ORTIZ

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A previously deported murderer from Mexico is back in U.S. custody following his arrest by Texas law enforcement and Border Patrol agents. He was arrested re-entering the U.S. just months after his prior deportation.

Cameron County Constables arrested Jesus Guadalupe Lozano Garcia earlier this week in the border town of La Feria and called U.S. Border Patrol agents to assist them in the case, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed

During an investigation, Border Patrol agents determined that Lozano Garcia is the same person who had been convicted of murder in 2006. Breitbart Texas confirmed that Lozano Garcia was initially arrested on the charge in 2005 and took a plea deal in May 22, 2006 at the 139th State District Court in Hidalgo County. Additional information as to the specifics, or motive of the murder or the victim was not readily available.

After serving 10 years in prison and being given credit for time served, Lozano Garcia was released and turned over to federal agents who deported him in February 2015. Just months after his deportation, Lozano Garcia admitted to agents that he illegally entered the U.S this week.

Lozano remains in federal custody on a $25,000 bond set by a U.S. magistrate judge in Brownsville.

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*(THOSE GENTLE GIANTS AT WORK. THANK YOU OBAMA.)* – Black man ambushes Cop, shoots him execution style

Published on Aug 29, 2015

Houston, Texas (KPRC) — A suspect has been arrested for the deadly ambush of a Harris County sheriff’s deputy, fatally gunned down without warning Friday night while filling up his patrol car at a northwest Harris County gas station.

Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, has just left an accident scene hen he stopped by a gas station on Telge and West Road. As he was pumping gas, a man approached him from behind, said nothing and fired multiple shots. Once the deputy fell to the ground, the suspect fired more shots. Deputy Goforth was pronounced dead on the scene.

CRIMINAL ALIENS KIDNAPPED AND TORTURED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FOR RANSOM

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BY ILDEFONSO ORTIZ

McALLEN, Texas—Two illegal aliens from Mexico joined forces with human smugglers to kidnap and torture unsuspecting illegal immigrants being held at a stash house. Instead of charging the group with hostage taking or kidnapping charges, prosecutors charged them with human smuggling.

Federal authorities this week raided a house in the border city of Mission, where they arrested a group of illegal immigrants as well as Arthur Flores, a U.S citizen, and two illegal aliens from Mexico described as his henchmen. The two henchmen had been tasked with holding the immigrants under threats of violence, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed.

The suspected kidnappers were identified as Nicolas Camargo and his younger brother described as an underage teen.

During questioning by agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Camargo said that he and his brother had crossed illegally on August 14 and were taken to a stash house, where unknown men ordered them to take part in the kidnapping of various illegal immigrants. Carrying various weapons, the gunmen stormed a house in an unknown location and kidnapped about 15 illegal aliens who were taken in three separate cars.

One of the groups went with Camargo and his brother to Mission, Texas, where HSI agents and U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested them days later.

Agents spoke with various illegal immigrants, including some of the kidnapping victims able to escape and get help. They spoke to agents about the torture they endured.

The victims described how Camargo and his brother used stun guns on them and beat them with baseball bats. Flores allegedly held them at gunpoint with a shotgun while they called their families demanding ransom.

This appears to be a common thread among human smuggling stash houses. In May, 2014 Breitbart Texas reported on a stash house in Pharr, Texas, where 35 illegal immigrants were being beaten and their families extorted for ransom. Earlier that year, the story of a house in Houston, Texas, where more than 100 illegal immigrants were being held in inhumane conditions was reported.

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32 Illegal Immigrants Found in Border Stash House by Federal Agents

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by ILDEFONSO ORTIZ20 Aug 2015

McALLEN, Texas—Federal agents along the Texas border continue to see large groups of illegal immigrants either in stash houses or coming over the river.

On Monday, agents with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations along with U.S. Border Patrol and Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office raided a border stash house in the town of Edcouch. They found 32 illegal aliens, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed.

Authorities raided the house after receiving information that two illegal immigrants had escaped from the stash house and requested help. After carrying out a surveillance operation, they raided the house. In addition to detaining the immigrants they also arrested the two caretakers of the house identified as Carlos Orrego and Wendy Cruz, both illegal aliens from Guatemala.

Both Orrego and Cruz went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos, who ordered they be held without bond.

The raid at the Edcouch house comes just days after U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 43 illegal immigrants near the border community of Fronton. The arrest came after a USBP aerostat equipped with surveillance equipment alerted agents to activity near the town’s cemetery. The agents arrived and ended up finding a total of 43 illegal immigrants in the brush.

Texas Denies Birth Certificates to Children of Immigrants

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BY MELISSA DEL BOSQUE

For nearly 150 years, the United States, under the 14th Amendment, has recognized people born here as citizens, regardless of whether their parents were citizens.

But Texas has other plans. In the last year, the state hasrefused to issue birth certificates to children who were born in Texas to undocumented parents. In May, four women filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Texas Department of State Health Services alleging constitutional discrimination and interference in the federal government’s authority over immigration.

Jennifer Harbury, a lawyer with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, who is representing the women, said the deluge of birth certificate refusals began last winter. “I’ve never seen such a large number of women with this problem,” she says. “In the past someone might be turned away, but it was always resolved. This is something altogether new.”

According to the lawsuit, the women who requested birth certificates for their children in Cameron and Hidalgo counties were turned away because of insufficient proof of their identities. State law allows the use of a foreign ID if the mother lacks a Texas driver’s license or a U.S. passport.

But local officials, which issue birth certificates registered by the Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit, told the women they would no longer accept either the matricula consular, which is a photo ID issued by the Mexican Consulate to Mexican nationals living in the U.S., or a foreign passport without a current U.S. visa. Undocumented Central American women are also being turned away because they only have a passport without a U.S. visa. “They are locking out a huge chunk of the undocumented immigrant community,” says Harbury.

Harbury believes the rash of refusals is linked to the influx of Central American families who crossed the border last summer seeking asylum. “They are targeting the undocumented population, but immigration is a federal function and not the job of the Department of State Health Services,” says Harbury. Women are unable to enroll their children in school or daycare without a birth certificate, or to authorize their child to be treated in a medical emergency. “It causes all kinds of problems,” Harbury says. “How is a woman going to prove she’s the child’s parent without a birth certificate?”

Since filing the lawsuit in late May, Harbury says they’ve received dozens of calls from women who have been refused birth certificates for their children: “The phones have been ringing off the hook.” Recently, they filed an amended lawsuit with several more plaintiffs.

James Harrington, an attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, is also representing the undocumented families. The legal team is seeking a court order to reinstate the use of the matricula consular and foreign passports as valid proof of identity for undocumented mothers.

“Even in the darkest hours of Texas’ history of discrimination, officials never denied birth certificates to Hispanic children of immigrants,” said Harrington in a written statement. “Everyone born in the United States is entitled to the full rights of citizenship.”

Update: In a written statement Chris Van Deusen, press officer for the Texas Department of State Health Services says: “DSHS accepts a variety of documents to verify a requestor’s identification … Texas does not accept the matricula consularas valid identification because the documents used to obtain the matricula are not verified by the issuing party. Several other states and some federal agencies also do not accept the matricula as a valid form of identification for the same reason.”

Correction: The story originally stated that vital statistics offices in Cameron and Hidalgo counties are run by employees of the Texas Department of State Health Services. The offices are run by city and county officials. The Observer regrets the error.