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Old 11-29-2007, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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DELAND, Fla. -- A Catholic monk at a DeLand monastery says he has faith that he will be able to stay with his brothers despite facing deportation in just a few weeks because of an immigration backlog.

"That's our main goal, to be in love with God," Brother Joachim said.

Far from the hustle and bustle of daily life, the Augustinian Monks of the Primitive Observance minister to the world at a monastery in remote DeLand. Joachim is one of two monks, along with a Catholic priest cloistered here, who hope to change lives with the power of prayer.

Monk Seeks Intervention To Avoid Deportation - Orlando News Story - WESH Orlando (http://www.wesh.com/news/14724145/detail.html - broken link)
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:26 PM
 
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"That's our main goal, to be in love with God," Brother Joachim said.

If in fact they are telling the truth and their main goal is to be in love with God, then they should have no problem loving him from their home countries.
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:29 PM
 
Location: The world, where will fate take me this time?
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one God, one planet

If God is with him, he shouldn't fear
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:04 PM
 
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If he's actually going through the process to become a legal resident, or whatever, it is unfair just because there's a backlog. And, these politicians think that the immigration service will be able to handle all those illegals being given amnesty?? ha,ha

Seriously, I'd rather keep this guy, than to give immunity to drug dealers coming across the border to be used as witnesses against our own border patrol. Let's give this guy immunity instead.
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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If he's actually going through the process to become a legal resident, or whatever, it is unfair just because there's a backlog. And, these politicians think that the immigration service will be able to handle all those illegals being given amnesty?? ha,ha

Seriously, I'd rather keep this guy, than to give immunity to drug dealers coming across the border to be used as witnesses against our own border patrol. Let's give this guy immunity instead.
If he has an application pending and he lodged it properly, he should not be deportable just because his previous visa expired. That's not my opinion; that's how it's supposed to work. There's probably something they're not telling us.
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:34 PM
 
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I don't care who they are if they are illegal send them home! He needs to be in the countries that the illegals are coming from and helping them to be better people and getting them aid and help if they need it.
I'm with ya God is Everywhere!
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:35 PM
 
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one God, one planet

If God is with him, he shouldn't fear
One God, one planet, several countries.
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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I have sympathy for people like this that have followed all of the laws and because of bureaucratic backlogs and such are forced to leave. In cases like this, I think things need to be looked over carefully. He's not opposing the law, and he didn't come here illegally as far as I can tell. He has said that he just hopes and prays for divine intervention; there's nothing wrong with that. Heck, I would be doing the same thing.
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I have sympathy for people like this that have followed all of the laws and because of bureaucratic backlogs and such are forced to leave. In cases like this, I think things need to be looked over carefully. He's not opposing the law, and he didn't come here illegally as far as I can tell. He has said that he just hopes and prays for divine intervention; there's nothing wrong with that. Heck, I would be doing the same thing.
It doesn't actually say whether he did or not, and it doesn't give enough details about the case for me to be critical of the US government. I know enough about this process to know that in general, the US government does not deport people while an application for a visa is pending without an extremely good reason...and a "bureaucratic backlog" is not a good enough reason.
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Well, it does say that he is facing deportation because of a backlog, not because he is here illegally. It does say that he is awaiting residency, so I am almost sure he entered the country legally and was just waiting for the appropriate papers. Apparently the backlog is longer than the time he had to wait on his approval, or something like that. I don't know, but it all apears that he is pretty much above-board and I can think of a lot more people that need to be deported rather than someone such as this.
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