Donald Trump’s Former Strategist Denounces Church’s Position on Illegal Immigration

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Steve Bannon responds to questions from Charlie Rose.

Until mid-August, Steve Bannon was chief strategist at the White House. He broke his silence on CBS’s political show, 60 Minutes.

Bannon Supports the President 

Steve Bannon sees himself as close to the American President despite having been forced to resign; he said he would now be the President’s “wingman.” “[O]ur purpose is to support Donald Trump, to make sure his enemies know that there’s no free shot on goal”, added the executive chairman of Breitbart News, his information website. 

“I’m a street fighter. I think that’s why Donald Trump and I get along so well,” he explained.

During the interview, 60 Minutes host Charlie Rose asked him, “Can I remind you, a good Catholic, that Cardinal [Timothy] Dolan is opposed to what's happened with DACA?”  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program implemented by the Obama administration that granted temporary legal status to almost 800,000 young people who came into the country illegally as children with their parents. The majority of them are from Mexico.

An Offensive Explanation

The answer of the President’s ex-strategist was downright offensive: “The Catholic Church has been terrible about this….The bishops have been terrible about this.” And he went on insidiously:

You know why? Because unable to really come to grips with the problems in the church, they need illegal aliens, they need illegal aliens to fill the churches. That's – it's obvious on the face of it….They have an economic interest in unlimited immigration, unlimited illegal immigration.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops did not fail to react in the press:

Our pro-immigration stance is based on fidelity to God's word and honors the American dream. For anyone to suggest that it is out of sordid motives of statistics or financial gain is outrageous and insulting.

declared James Rogers, the USCCB's chief spokesman.

Steve Bannon’s website Breitbart News reacted by condemning the bishops’ position for what it calls a “violation of Christ’s teachings.” 

Convergences and Divergences 

While it is true that on pro-life matters the Trump administration and the American Catholic Church often agree, this is not the case with questions like the healthcare reform or illegal immigration.

The American bishops called the reform of Obamacare known as “Better Care” “simply unacceptable” because of its “detrimental impact on the poor and vulnerable.” 

And the Trump administration did not appreciate what the pope had to say on August 21, 2017, for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Francis’ twenty-one measures in favor of immigration and his appeal to western countries to open their borders unrestrictedly seem unrealistic if not irresponsible. More recently, on his flight back to Rome from Columbia on September 10, he took a slight step back, inviting governments to treat the matter with prudence.

In issue no. 321 from September 2015, DICI recalled that it is important to make distinctions and consider the question in depth so as not to mistake the notions of charity, morals, and politics. The social doctrine of the Church does not deny that it is legitimate for governments to regulate the immigration flow in the name of the nation’s common good. It is important to beware of ideologies and not to think the duties of simple humaneness or charity are the same as certain political ideas that promote immigration to the point of overturning the national balance and creating the risk of religious, cultural and social dissolution.