First of all, the bible explicitly calls those who break the laws of the land sinners (see Romans 13:1-7), so support for those who have knowingly broken the law (i.e. illegal immigrants) is a sin in and of itself. Secondly, since abortion is basically murder in the eyes of the church there is really no choice in the matter. The democrats have explicitly positioned themselves as the "pro-abortion" party, they are not simply "tolerating" it any more, they are actively working to make abortions easier to obtain, even forcing religious organizations to pay for the operation even though it is a deadly sin. Therefore, a Catholic who is sympathetic to the plight of illegal immigrants really has only one possible choice that will leave him or her with a clear conscious: vote Republican and then put political pressure upon the Republican party to implement immigration reform. To vote democrat at this point is a vote in favor of abortion and sin.
@maxonepercent First of all, please drop the "i" word, the correct word is undocumented. The word "illegal" dehumanizes them. And the U.S.'s international economic policies have taken the jobs and the money from the people in other countries. They are desperate people and would do anything to survive. Seeking survival is not a sin. And breaking an unjust law, such as the present immigration law, which was created by xenophobes and racists to keep people of lesser economic status and people of color out, is not wrong. What we need is a pro-life democrat and a pro-immigration republican running for president. So I say vote third party.
@theband12 They are not "undocumented", that term implies that they are some how eligible for "documentation" which is false. Regardless of their motivations, they have committed an illegal act by immigrating to this country without the authorization to do so, that makes them "illegal immigrants". Following your skewed logic we should start calling burglars "undocumented tenants" and car thieves "undocumented car owners".
Secondly, the idea that these people are somehow "economic victims" is asinine. If they are so poor how is it that they manage to come up with thousands of dollars to pay coyotes to sneak them into our country? It is not like they are starving either. Moreover, what about the "economic victims" in our own country? Ten percent of American-born citizens are out of work right now, another 10% are underemployed. Why should the economic interests of these illegal immigrants be put ahead of the economic interests of our own citizens? What "economic policies" are you referring to exactly? NAFTA cost the US more jobs than it did Mexico, and their government was every bit as complicit in that travesty as was ours, so I don't see why the typical working-class American citizen should have to shoulder the blame.