Seeing The Blind Side yesterday reminded me of this November story I've neglected: At age nine an immigrant from Sierra Leone, Madieu Williams graduated from the University of Maryland and wound up playing free safety for the Minnesota Vikings. He recently established the Madieu Williams Center for Global Health Initiatives. "The former U-Md. star is providing a $2 million endowment. It is the largest gift to the flagship school from an African American alumnus and the largest sum donated by someone so young." Whatever their means, all immigrants should express gratitude to this country (as should all citizens and potential Americans throughout the world). Recall these remarks.
I recently asked an inspiring local parish priest, a Cuban immigrant, whether he had heard anyone confess to the sin of being in this country illegally. He hadn't. But isn't this a worse sin than, say, shoplifting? Now priests should not be in the business of trying to get people deported; in fact, I'd take our parish congregation, illegals and all, over any other random group as fellow Americans. As with this and other political debates, more is involved than rights or legality; attitudes toward fellow citizens weigh heavily.