For some time I have been saddened and disturbed by what I hear that is happening to our immigrants at the southern border. First of all, children should not be separated from their parents due to the great influx of migrants. This seems terribly cruel, unjust and inhumane. With all of our modern technology at our disposal there should be a better way to deal with this humanitarian crises. Perhaps we should hire a lot more border patrol and administrative personnel that can take care of legal issues and passports.
In our retirement years, Marilyn and I spent quite a bit of time volunteering at the Rio Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg, Texas. On Saturdays, I often traveled in a carload of fellow volunteer workers to go down across the border to help in construction work at a Mexican orphanage. Already, in the early years of 2003-2010, we experienced long lines and long hours to get across the border. This was long before the present crisis happened.
My concern is whether or not we as Americans have become apathetic and calloused in our attitudes toward immigrants. My ancestors came from Switzerland in the late 1700's. They were readily welcomed by border agents and shown great hospitality by fellow immigrants.
I suggest we listen to our convictions and follow the injunction given in Deut. 10:19 to the Israelites: "You are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt."
We do well to "extend God's care and hospitality in a lonely, hurting world," (Radio Bible Class).
Louis A. Lehman
Albany (March 11)