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Bannon: Catholic Church Supports DACA Because They Need Illegals To Fill Churches

Fired White House strategist Steve Bannon lashed out at the Catholic Church on Thursday for its defense of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program that the Trump administration is repealing.

Newsmax reported that Bannon, who has returned to his old job as executive editor of the conservative Breitbart News, declared on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that Catholics support DACA because “they need illegal aliens to fill the churches.” He added: “They have an economic interest in unlimited immigration. … The Catholic Church has been terrible about this. The bishops have been terrible about this. You know why. Because unable to really — to come to grips with the problems in the church, they need illegal aliens.”

Bannon made the remarks after Interviewer Charlie Rose pointed out that the archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, was among those who were criticizing the repeal of DACA. According to The Huffington Post, Dolan commented on his Sirius XM radio show that ending the program is “certainly not Christian and ... not American.” The archbishop said the repeal “turns our beloved immigrants into political hockey pucks, and they shouldn’t be.” He claimed Catholics have “special solicitude” for immigrants, explaining: “We are an immigrant church. They come to us first. The highest percentage of immigrants are, guess what? — Catholic.”

“This is contrary to the spirit of the Bible and of our country, and a turning away from the ideals upon which our beloved country was founded,” Dolan wrote in a statement. “All of the ‘DREAMers’ who now face such uncertainty and fear, please know that the Catholic Church loves you, welcomes you, and will fight to protect your rights and your dignity.”

Bannon responded: “As much as I respect Cardinal Dolan and the bishops on doctrine, this is not doctrine. This is not doctrine at all. I totally respect the pope, and I totally respect the Catholic bishops and cardinals on doctrine. This is not about doctrine. This is about the sovereignty of the nation. In that regard, it’s another guy with an opinion.”

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that DACA would be phased out over a six-month period, to give Congress time to act. He argued that the program is unconstitutional because former President Obama exceeded his legal authority when he started it in 2012. DACA has stopped the deportation of nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

Bannon questioned Trump’s pledge to “revisit” his decision to rescind DACA if Congress fails to act within the six-month period. “He said it last night in a tweet that he’s going to rethink it,” the former presidential staffer told Rose. “Trust me, the guys on the far right, the conservative side, are not happy with this.”

According to The Huffington Post, Bannon defended Trump’s reaction to last month’s white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. The president said “both sides” were to blame for the violence at the event, and that some “very fine people” marched alongside the Ku Klux Klan. “What (Trump) was trying to say is that people that support the monument staying there peacefully and people that oppose that, that’s the normal course of the First Amendment,” Bannon told Rose.

Source: Newsmax, Daily Mail
Photo: CBS News, YouTube

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