I simply do not understand all the fuss about the illegal immigrants.  These people are here, so we need to do something about it.  Like all problems, this one will not go away by our pretending that it is not there or by simply ignoring it.  Most problems are best dealt with by direct confrontation, starting with admitting that there is a problem and then seeking solutions to it.  One of the arguments being bandied about on the talk shows on radio and tv is that it would not be fair to give these people amnesty since they came here in a violation of the law.  But let me deal with that argument by pointing out that none of us get what we really deserve.  None of us is without sin.  None of us lead lives that are so pristine that we never do anything wrong, never violate the law in any single way, and, therefore, we deserve all the good in life that we get and deserve none of the hardships.  Of course, this is not true.  The Bible is very clear in saying that “there is none righteous, no note one” (Rom. 3:10).  So, all who have been worrying that these illegals will get something that they do not deserve, need to look in the mirror at their own lives and fix what is wrong there before they judge others and worry about what happens in someone else’s life.

This problem with the illegal immigrants has been going on for a few decades now, and it is time that we stop pretending or grousing about it and “man-up” for a change and do something about the problem.  Moreover, while we do need to do something about the borders, we should not hold these poor people hostage while we wait another few decades to deal with that other problem.  There simply must be a way of dealing with these people and starting some process of assimilation, making them legal members of our population so that they can make their fair-share contribution to our taxes, vote legally in our elections, serve on our juries, etc.  We should have compassion for these people in keeping with God’s law of love.  Don’t forget that we or our ancestors were once strangers in a strange land as well.  I’m sure that our ancestors or we ourselves, upon arrival to this land, were not treated as unkindly as we are now treating these newcomers to our land.  God would expect and does expect more from us in our treatment of these people, so we should stop “fooling around” and deal with this problem head on.

These people will not take anything away from us.  Like all new arrivals to our land, they will bring with them all sorts of new talents, cultural practices, and new ways of thinking that will enrich our culture and make our lives better, just as we and our various people groups have contributed to this country and made it better.  Many of these people are Hispanics.  They will certainly make an important contribution the way so many other Hispanic Americans have blessed our culture from the recent member of the Supreme Court, Sonya Sotomayor; to the various athletes such as Jose Canseco, Nancy Lopez, Oscar de la Hoya, and Sammy Sosa; to the members of Congress such as Marco Rubio, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Bob Menendez, and the big crop of new Hispanic members that started this year;
to the many entertainers such as Jennifer Lopez, George Lopez, and Carlos Santana; or even to the many soldiers whom I have served with.  I have served with many soldiers who were sacrificing for their country before they even had the full privileges of a citizen; soldiers already give up a lot and suffer a lot for their country, but how brave and unselfish it is to do so when you are not even enjoying all the privileges of a full citizen?  This is just a short list to give you a flavor of the many, many Hispanic Americans who have made great contributions to our country throughout its history and still contribute, making our culture so abundantly rich, so you know that these new arrivals will make their contribution as well.  It is time we welcomed these new members of our society with open arms and make a way for them to be fully contributing, legal members of our society.

I pray today that each of us will pray for these people and for our political leaders to do what is right by these new members of our society.  And I pray that you will enjoy your rights and privileges in your country and give thanks to God that we live in countries that are free. 

 


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07/22/2015 3:26am

The issue of illegal immigrants is a very contentious one. There will be people who feel strongly about it. And I understand their fears and respect their position. I remember too a study in Canada that says the contributions of immigrants are outweighed by the costs that the host government spend on them eventually. That research papers also was received with criticisms. Maybe, what we need is a comprehensive study on the costs of illegal immigrants on the local economy vis a vis their contributions. This would an impartial view on how we view illegal immigrants who form a strong force in our society.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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