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  • Brock's Beef: Aren't we all immigrants?

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  • Immigration continues to be a hot topic in America, especially right now.
    The latest issue making national headlines involves the thousands of Central American children who are sent unaccompanied by their parents to cross into the U.S. through Mexico.
    But curtailing this problem is more difficult than one might think.
    According to the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 passed under the Bush administration "added new prevention and protection measures, such as providing additional information to persons entering the U.S. lawfully and protections for unaccompanied alien minors."
    But lawmakers and the President are looking to change this revised law – one that President George W. Bush saw fit to sign.
    According to a July 11 report from Fawn Johnson of the National Journal, the Obama Administration would like to offer "voluntary removal" for the children, which would allow for the return of these children to their home countries.
    Republican lawmakers are asking for this as one of their conditions to approve approximately $3.7 billion in emergency funding to deal with the border crisis.
    Johnson also wrote that about three-quarters of these children in this recent surge are from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
    I am truly baffled.
    These are children – not terrorists. Sending them back would be a mistake.
    Americans represent approximately 5 percent of the world's population, and we use more than a quarter of its resources. What's more, we are the most powerful nation in the world, but our leaders have lost all sense of right and wrong. Power and profit have trumped what America truly represents – doing the right thing.
    So, do we send them back? Or do we give them a shot at a life worth living?
    Were our ancestors sent back when they arrived in America? Apparently not.
    Isn't the new GOP, the Tea Party, supposed to be the party that will bring God back to America?
    Since when did an American life become more important than any other life?
    If the Christian Right wants us to be a Christian nation, they need to seriously rethink their theology.
    Matthew 25:34-40
    "Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  
    'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
    Page 2 of 2 - “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
    “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"
    You can't deny the Red Letters.
    I don't believe we should be involved in everyone's personal affairs, and I don't think we should be the world's police; however, I don't think we should turn people away who need our help.
    When we can send hopeless children back to hostile nations because "it's not our problem," that's when we have crossed into dangerous moral territory.
    But hey, we can still text on our smartphones and shop at Wal-Mart, right?
    Ponder that!

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