Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Millions of Americans will be going to church this week to celebrate Easter. Many of these same Americans are calling for the mass deportation of thousands of illegal immigrants.
Why? Because they are here illegally. Deporting them sounds logical to me but it doesn't sound very Christian like.
Most of these illegal immigrants are here because their life in their mother country wasn't good. They came here to find work and provide a better quality of life for their families. But, they came here illegally.
My wife is an immigrant. We did things the legal way and it was a nightmare. It took 18 months before they would let my wife in the country, and I did everything by the book.
I'm an American who served four years in the United States Marine Corps and I was married. Yet it still took over a year before my country would let my wife be reunited with me.
Why? I don't know. There is no complaint window at the Department of Homeland Security.
Besides the time we had to wait, there was the expense too. The Department of Homeland Security likes to nickel and dime you to death. I see no reason for the U.S. Embassy to charge $30 to notarize one piece of paper and $20 for each additional piece. It costs $90 to get four pieces of paper notarized.
Now imagine a Mexican National trying to enter the states to get a job to feed his family. He can't wait 18 months and it would probably be even longer. The illegal also doesn't have the needed funds to do it right. He has no choice but to enter our country illegally. Well, he has a choice but the alternative to not entering the United States illegally is not very appealing.
I'm not saying that's right but I can understand why they would make this decision.
I know we have a problem with illegal immigration. It's a huge problem and I don't have any answers that might solve it. Something needs to be done but I'm not sure rounding them all up and sending them back to their home countries is the answer.
I hear a lot of Christians on talk radio advocating this idea. I would ask them to ask themselves, "What would Jesus do?"
I'm sure he would want to show some compassion and try to help them. I'm not talking about criminals, mind you, although I'm sure Jesus would feel compassion for them too, but I'm talking about the people who don't commit crimes while they are here, but instead work hard and try to better their life.
People don't like it when illegals take advantage of our generous welfare system. I don't either. I think that money should be spent on Americans. But! The simple fact that these illegals can get assistance while they are here is one of things that makes the United States the best country in the world. No where else does this happen. The United States government not only takes care of its citizens, but the citizens of other countries as well.
The United States is a beacon of hope for many around the world and as long as this hope continues, we will have people trying to get into our counrty illegally to hopefully get ahead.
Maybe it would be better to round them up and throw them out. Then build a nice big wall along our southern and northern borders.
That might be the right answer but I don't think it is. And even though I don't have a personal relationship with Jesus, I don't think he would think it's the right way either.