Immigrants everywhere have one thing in common. They are making a bold move to change their lives and are risking everything for the sake of future generations.
There’s not so much difference between the hundreds who drowned trying to reach Europe and those filtering through our southern border. They are both trying to get to a better place and are often taken advantage of by those in relative positions of power.
Of course, the citizens of the targeted country often resist the immigrants, try to ship them back and/or engage in all kinds of vitriol at their efforts. While such an attitude is commonplace, we must resist the urge to target the immigrants with our anger.
We have been blessed with a more secure life thanks to people who were immigrants themselves many years ago. And nations such as the United States have the economic capacity to give immigrants the jobs no one else wants to do.
Of course, we should make some effort to control the movement of people across borders. But when the problem becomes endemic, there are other solutions to stop the flow. Inevitably, we should focus on the nations they are fleeing from to try and stem the tide. These nations offer so little hope, they are encouraging immigrants to risk all for a better life.
No one wants to be an immigrant. But, hey, let’s show a little Christian compassion for those who are.