How are we going to respond to immigration?

To the editor:

Listening to the Gospel reading regarding the faith of the “blind beggar” (Mark 10:46-52), my mind began to wander. The image of 5,000 poor Latin-American immigrants traveling northward came to mind. I thought, “Wow, talk about faith! These brave souls are risking the life and safety of family with the hope of creating a new, safer and more prosperous life in another country; leaving almost every possession behind.” Then I thought of my own ancestors. They came here for the same exact same reasons. How were they received by Americans upon arrival? Were they welcomed with love, compassion and empathy? Or were they shunned and ridiculed with suspicion?

One of many reference points in the Bible regarding migrants, Jesus speaks very plainly about how we are to react to immigrants. “Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you received me in your homes; naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me; in prison and you visited me.” The righteous will then answer him, “When Lord did we ever see you hungry ...” The king will reply, “I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these brothers and sisters of me, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:31-40).

Immigration is a hot topic these days; these are our brothers and sisters in need. These poor souls don’t care about politics; they need a safe sanctuary. How are we as a society going to respond?

—Brian Kemp

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