We conveniently forget what we have been taught. For we read in Deuteronomy 10:19:
So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land.”
And our President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said,
Remember, remember always, that all of us…are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
So why do we refuse to enact compassionate immigration reform?! As Bishop James Tamayo of Laredo said in a Statement at the Justice for Immigrants Press Conference in 2005,
We can no longer accept a situation in which some public officials and members of our communities scapegoat immigrants at the same time our nation benefits from their labor. We can no longer accept a status quo in which migrants are compelled to risk their lives in order to support their families. We can no longer accept a reality in which migrants fill jobs critical to Americans and U.S. employers without receiving appropriate wages and benefits. We can no longer tolerate the death of human beings in the desert.
I think heartfelt thoughtful discussion is a good idea, especially as opposed to the political mudslinging we are exposed to these days. Blessings!
I agree – compassion and hope have better outcomes when you engage and participate.