- The Washington Times - Friday, May 11, 2007

Noble: The National Association of Letter Carriers for organizing the “largest one-day effort” to end hunger in the United States.

Today is the 15th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive organized by the letter carriers, who will be collecting canned and non-perishable food today as they deliver mail all across the country.

While the “obesity epidemic” has dominated health news of late, millions of Americans still suffer from hunger. As a matter of fact, an Agriculture Department study found that, in 2004, 13.5 million households were food insecure, meaning that “their access to enough food is limited by a lack of money and other resources.” Donations in the D.C. area will be taken to the National Capital Area Food Bank, where it will be sorted and redistributed to local soup kitchens, day-care centers and homeless shelters.

For helping to “Stamp Out Hunger,” the National Association of Letter Carriers is the Noble of the week.

Knave: The New Sanctuary Movement, a religious-based cooperative that aims to harbor illegal immigrant families at risk of deportation.

On Wednesday, church leaders from five cities launched the New Sanctuary Movement. Participating congregations — which run the gamut of religious affiliation — will harbor illegal aliens who face deportation and provide legal counsel for those who aren’t actually housed in the churches or synagogues. The effort originates from a movement in the 1980s, when interfaith groups housed Central American refugees fleeing war-torn countries.

This modern sanctuary movement, however, is vastly different. The illegal aliens being “protected” have already been served deportation orders; therefore, they have been through the justice system and, according to Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies, “have had their day in court… and a judge said ‘sorry, you don’t qualify.’” Not everyone gets to move to the United States just because they want to.

And just because illegals are hiding out in houses of worship doesn’t mean they can’t still be arrested. In the past, law enforcement simply hasn’t bothered to, and this is a precedent that the New Sanctuary Movement is taking full advantage of. The organization’s Web site claims “legal justification” for its lawbreaking. Although it cites the Immigration and Nationality Act, which explicitly defines harboring illegal aliens as a felony, the organization also cites a “loophole” and says that past defendants who “simply kept silent about the aliens’ presence” were prosecuted while those who provided information to the INS while continuing to hide illegals were not.

For being harboring illegal aliens and flaunting the law, the New Sanctuary Movement is the Knave of the week.

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