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Posted: 11/17/2003 2:12:00 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/17/2003 7:24:12 PM EST by AZMAN-1]
There is an article in my local newspaper that I would like to link to a post, alas my kung fu is weak!! And I lack the skillz, perhaps some kind and benevolent Sensei could instruct??

(yes I know this is cheeseball and corny but what do you expect when groveling?)btw I'm using windows xp. Thanks Azman

I hope this works,


Somerton church offers help to aliens

Nov 17, 2003

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SOMERTON — Flario Dominguez hopes to get enough rest and money to continue his trip to California, where his daughter has been waiting for the past two years.

An illegal alien, who wished to remain anonymous, washes his clothes on a table at the house of immigrants, which is a Catholic church-operated home and part of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Somerton. Photo by Alfred J. Hernandez.
He expects the trip to be dangerous and long and said he wasn't all that confident he would make it. What he did know, is the assistance he was given in Somerton will go a long way to help.

Dominguez, 23, spoke to The Sun while standing in the back yard of a Somerton home maintained by the Catholic Church, where illegal aliens are given food, clothes, shelter and almost anything else they may need before continuing north from Mexico.

"It’s a great help because without it, we’d be worried that (Border Patrol agents) would return us as fast as possible,” Dominguez said.

The home has been in operation for several years and one church official said will be formally announced come January or February.

It is also expected to be the first of as many as three immigrant homes opened in Yuma County by the Catholic Church, said Javier Perez, a priest of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Somerton.

Perez said his church helps an average of 20 illegal aliens a day by providing a variety of services, including food and shelter.

He said they are allowed to stay at the church-operated home, the exact location of which he asked not be disclosed, for several days while they rest.

Dominguez said he arrived this past week from San Luis Rio Colorado, Son., on his way to the Los Angeles area and said staying at the home allowed him to do odd jobs for area residents and save the money for the rest of his trip.

He lived in California for 15 years before being returned to Mexico more than two years ago and said he was happy about the possibility of seeing his daughter — an American citizen — again.

Perez knows there are bound to be critics who say the church is breaking the law for helping illegal aliens, but said the church doesn't concern itself with anyone's legal status.

For the church, he said, the only requirement for being helped, is needing it.

"It doesn’t matter to me if they do or don’t have documents," he said. "That’s isn’t my responsibility. My responsibility is to give a helping hand to a brother who needs it."

Michael McGlasson, spokesman for the Yuma sector of the U.S. Border Patrol, agreed.

He said that job belongs to Border Patrol agents and it is one they will do in churches if they believe the church is taking part in alien smuggling, which he said it doesn’t appear Perez is doing.

McGlasson said he couldn’t speak specifically about the Somerton church without knowing more about how it serves the illegal aliens.

He said agents have in the past taken illegal aliens out of a San Luis, Ariz., church after physically tracking them into the church. Generally, McGlasson said giving illegal immigrants food or water isn’t something the patrol would consider smuggling.

But, he said if the patrol receives information that a person or organization is actively smuggling immigrants for profit or simply "furthering the entry" of illegal immigrants, agents will investigate.

"If the church knowingly is harboring and aiding and abetting for gain, that’s a whole different ball game,” he said.

As it stands, Perez said the home will continue to help anybody that needs it and said there are plans to open a second home in San Luis, Ariz. He said anyone wishing to donate time or goods to the Somerton home is asked to call 627-2918.

The ultimate goal, he said, is to have an immigrant home in Yuma, something Monsignor Richard O’Keeffe said is long over due but something the city of Yuma isn’t ready to allow.

O’Keeffe said Yuma leaders need to do "a lot of soul searching” and work to do away with the hostility illegal immigrants face locally.

Meanwhile, he said the Catholic Church will continue helping immigrants.

"We don’t want to break the law,” he said. "But if a person comes in hungry, we are going to feed him.”

Link Posted: 11/17/2003 2:26:32 AM EST
highlight the web url and copy it then past it in your message between {url}{/url}. replace the { with [ and } with ] and you are good to go! In your post reply window there is a board code button, click on it
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 2:30:52 AM EST
On the reply page there are three boxes above the reply space. Click on the one that says "board code" and it lists how to do that and a whole bunch of other stuff as well.
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 2:48:10 AM EST
Thanks guys, I found the site for my local news paper, but it hasn't updated todays stories yet. So I'll have to wait till later to try it!!
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 2:51:01 AM EST
Doh! Now I'm stuck in suspense waiting for you to explaine why you such a d.a. that your local paper wrote about it.
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 2:54:26 AM EST
what a dumbass
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 3:46:10 AM EST
Are we there yet?
Link Posted: 11/17/2003 7:28:55 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/17/2003 7:34:52 PM EST by AZMAN-1]
What is it about the Church and other community organizations, don't they get it! They are illegal! why is'nt the border patrol camped out in fron of their door?!!

[qO’Keeffe said Yuma leaders need to do "a lot of soul searching” and work to do away with the hostility illegal immigrants face locally.

Meanwhile, he said the Catholic Church will continue helping immigrants.

"We don’t want to break the law,” he said. "But if a person comes in hungry, we are going to feed him.”

That is rich, they don't want to break the law but taht is exactly what they are doing!!

Link Posted: 11/18/2003 4:39:49 AM EST
Who got internet skills now
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