Although I believe there must be immigration laws, I also believe human beings have a right to seek a better life for themselves and their children. If that was not true, God would not have led the children of Israel to the Promised Land. The Israelites were immigrants to Canaan and God blessed them. Likewise, God has blessed America. Except for America’s indigenous people, all American citizens are or were at some point in their family history immigrants to this nation, and like the Israelites, God has blessed this nation of immigrants greatly. Therefore, the only rational conclusion is the pursuit of a better life by immigrants is blessed in the eyes of God regardless of the self-righteous tantrums we throw or the vilifying mud we sling.
One of the most important documents in the creation of this nation was the Declaration of Independence, and that document clearly outlines three “unalienable rights” that are given to all human beings by God our Creator: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Declaration of Independence also declares the sole purpose of government is to protect the “unalienable rights” of all human beings. It does not specify Americans, Hispanics, or any other nationality or ethnic group. Through this document, the wisdom of our founding fathers speaks in support of all human beings. It is clear in its message, a message echoed by the inscription on the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor; your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” that the United States was founded by believers in freedom and believers in the inherent right of all human beings to pursue a better life. Therefore, the migration of families seeking a better life – should not be construed – cannot be construed – a criminal offense if Americans believe in the values on which our founding fathers established this nation.
Of course, known criminals should be turned away as well as those not willing to work for the American dream. Such people are not immigrants seeking a better life; they are cancers that rightfully should be denied access to our nation. However, there are many many more immigrants who, if given a chance, would prove a benefit to the nation. In a nation, struggling to find people who want to work, immigrants are a proven workforce that could strengthen this nation’s economy.
Unfortunately, presently, we are so focused on the cancers, so afraid of the boogey men our government has created, it is unlikely immigrants will get a fair shake anytime soon. Such punitive action as removing innocent children from immigrant parents is likely to become more common in coming months, which will do nothing more than feed a domestic cancer that further divides, tarnishes, and shames our great nation. Labeling all immigrants as criminals and separating innocent children from their parents is barbaric and tells the world that America, built on the premise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, has sadly morphed into a nation living a lie.
Everyone has an opinion about immigration, and in most cases, there is an underlying truth in each of those opinions, but regardless, Americans cannot lose sight that immigration is a human issue in which there is a moral obligation to not only be cautious but compassionate as well. Immigration, especially the separation of immigrate children from their parents, is not a conservative versus liberal issue. It is not a Democrat versus Republican issue. It is a human rights issue that no American can afford to sit back and ignore or blindly support inhumane policies and practices.
Our forefathers understood immigrants to this nation were the nation’s backbone. They founded America on that backbone, they embraced those no one else wanted, and they stood their ground against tyranny to protect human rights. Immigration has always been and continues to be a human rights issue. It is an issue where Americans, especially Christians, must separate themselves from the jaws of politics and stand up for what is humanly right – They must do what Jesus would do! Immigration and its solutions are complex, but practices such as separating children from their parents as punishment for crossing the border into the United States is not a complex issue; it is simply morally wrong and should be stopped immediately. This is America, and it is time we remember who we are and act accordingly.
©Jack Linton, June 18, 2018