The Public Servant

By Jerry Kammer ’71

He is a Republican who nevertheless defied party leaders during their push to impeach President Bill Clinton. He is a practicing Catholic, staunchly pro-life, who has bitterly skirmished with church leaders over illegal immigration.

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America Dreamers

By Jerry Kammer ’71

Bishop Thomas Wenski drew on Catholic social teaching and the Jewish holocaust to put a tight frame around the discussion of illegal immigration during a 2004 conference at Notre Dame on migration and theology.

“I think we can make a summary of Catholic social teaching in one phrase: No human being can ever be considered as a problem,” said Wenski, then chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration.…

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There for Each Other

By Jerry Kammer ’71

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The June ceremony that marked the induction of Philip S. Gutierrez ‘81 to the federal bench in California’s central district was filled with a round of relaxed remembrance and storytelling by touchstone figures in his life.

There was the federal judge who had hired Philip’s mother, a divorced mother of four, to be his courtroom clerk and had known Philip as a youngster. There was an old law partner, now a judge, who, after noting what she called “a real spark in this man,” had encouraged him to become a judge. Then came others who hailed him for his penetrating legal mind, his devotion to his family and his work as chairman of the California Judges Association’s Committee on Judicial Ethics.…

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The Party for His People

By Jerry Kammer ’71

The kickoff event for George W. Bush campaign’s at the 2000 Republican convention was a throbbing musical extravaganza whose Spanish-language theme—_Es Un Nuevo Dia_ (It’s a New Day)—trumpeted a message that GOP leaders believed vital to their success at a time of huge demographic change.

With a population that surged nearly 60 percent during the 1990s, fed mostly by immigrants from Mexico, the 35 million Hispanics in the United States were a principal target of Bush’s message that his “compassionate conservatism” was transforming his party and making it a comfortable fit for immigrants.…

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