True to his claim that immigration reform is "God's agenda," Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has been cozying up to pro-abortion 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, at the Temple Jeremiah synagogue in Northfield, Illinois, to discuss how people can support the cause of immigration reform. Democrats hope reform will translate into largely Catholic Hispanics voting for pro-abortion/pro-gay marriage Democrats in order to gain citizenship.
Speaking before an audience of 300 people, Cupich urged everyone to speak with friends and neighbors about the issue, and 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 the 2016 presidential election, Dick Durbin subtly reminded people that the more they organize Hispanic voters, the more likely another pro-abortion, pro-immigration reform Democrat would end up 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 over a decade. The bill, which allows illegal immigrants a 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."
Although Cupich and Durbin lamented at the conference that current immigration policies such as deportation "break up families," neither of the men expressed concern for the impact that the policies they support such as abortion and same-sex marriage have on the family. Nor did Cupich express any concern about the problem of trying to assimilate these immigrants into the culture.
"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 disproportionate 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 stated in the past that immigration reform is "God's agenda" but has made no similar claim about abortion. In fact, he has previously gone on record saying he has no qualms about giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians like Dick Durbin, and when he was Archbishop of Spokane he privately discouraged priests from participating in 40 Days For Life prayer vigils.