May 2, 2010

SO SHAMEFUL IT HASTENS AMNESTY:

Mahony blesses L.A.'s rally: The cardinal, who walked for a while with protesters, thanks Arizona for any urgency its law gives federal immigration reform. It also takes attention from abuse allegations. (Robert Faturechi, 5/01/10, LA Times)

Cardinal Roger Mahony was smiling widely Saturday as he navigated the crush of immigrant rights supporters rallying in downtown Los Angeles, enlivened by the throngs of adoring supporters who kissed his hand and asked to be blessed.

"Thank you, Arizona," he said, to no one in particular. "Thank you, Arizona."

For the cardinal, the thank-you was two-pronged.

Mahony compared Arizona to Nazi Germany after the state passed a strict new law that allows police to check the legal status of anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant.

But Mahony said the Arizona legislation might turn out to be a net positive, hastening the passage of federal immigration reform.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 2, 2010 3:59 PM
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