Los Angeles cardinal accuses Arizona of ‘Nazi and Communist’ immigration techniques . . . The head of the largest Catholic archdiocese in the United States has accused the state of Arizona of pursuing an anti-immigration policy that encourages «German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques.»
Cardinal Roger Mahony of the Los Angeles archdiocese made the comments as Arizona passed a bill which would require police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are in the country illegally.
The Los Angeles archdiocese serves a large Hispanic immigrant population.
Cardinal Mahony, writing on his blog, said: «I can’t imagine Arizonans now reverting to German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques whereby people are required to turn one another in to the authorities on any suspicion of documentation.
«Are children supposed to call 911 because one parent does not have proper papers?»
He added: «The Arizona legislature just passed the country’s most retrogressive, mean-spirited, and useless anti-immigrant law.
«The tragedy of the law is its totally flawed reasoning: that immigrants come to our country to rob, plunder, and consume public resources. That is not only false, the premise is nonsense.» The cardinal is a vocal supporter of immigrants’ rights and says the USneeds immigrants to compensate for the retirement of millions of workers.
The new measure is the latest crackdown in Arizona which has an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants and is the busiest border crossing point into the US.
The latest bill also allows citizens to sue government agencies that hinder enforcement of immigration laws.