I say that because when we talk about the “Immigration Issue,” it is vital to put a name and face to it. We are dealing with real people with real struggles, not just hypothetical laws (and especially not just people who deserve to be punished).
Dordt College (which I attend) hosted an Immigration Conference today. I feel like it’s important for me to get my thoughts written down, but even more importantly, you all need to hear what I heard today. When I was in high school in Texas, I had a classmate who’s father was a lawyer. When talking about immigrants, her very poignant view was that we need people standing on the border shooting all people who are trying to come over illegally. At the time, I don’t think very many people agreed with her, but not a single person (including me) challenged her position. Not one of us stood up for the oppressed, the alien, the precious image of God.
I feel like I have so much I want to say on this topic. I’ve heard way too many Americans, almost all who also claim to be Christian, buy into the sweeping statements about immigrants. We believe the propaganda. We don’t take the time to hear their stories. We don’t listen to their pleas for mercy. We use Bible verses out of context so that we can be lazy and feel comfortable.
Just writing this, my heart is pounding! There were many times during this conference where I felt uncomfortable, many times where I was placed at a disequilibrium. Many times where I wanted to stand up and let the speaker know that I wholeheartedly agreed with him.
There were three main speakers. Instead of blabbering on and on about how I feel, I am going to organize my thoughts and the information I have learned into three different blog posts, one for each of the presentations. My hope is that you keep reading and learn along with me, challenge me, and disagree with me.