William Thornton wrote:We cannot look the other way because we don't like the politics that caused the crisis.
I keep hearing this recurring theme, but the fact of the matter is that the "politics" themselves were a humanitarian response to immigration laws that are pernicious and restrictive in a way that is inconsistent with the foundational philosophy of this country. Generally, the people who are most desperate, and most deprived, and see the United States as their only hope, are not welcome because they are desperate and most deprived. Now we have people who are saying that immigration reform "will change the nature and character of America," code words meaning that we don't want people who don't come from a "Judao-Christian" Caucasian background. Immigration has always changed the nature and character of America. Look what it did to the native Americans.
The crisis wasn't caused by politics. The crisis has been brewing for years, caused by circumstances which come about as a result of desperate poverty, inequitable distribution of wealth, and lack of competent law enforcement. With most of the wealth coming from the US as a result of drug sales and distribution, anarchy reigns in areas of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and Mexico for that matter, and none of those countries has the resources to match up and fight it. So the US, the world's most prosperous country, on the same continent, becomes the refuge. If politics removes draconian restrictions to hope, then so be it. It is at least consistent with foundational American "Judao-Christian" influenced principle.
Southern Baptists are usually first on the scene of situations like this. The denomination gets a bad rap in some cases, but it spends more money and mobilizes more resources for disaster relief, hunger relief and situations like this than any other denomination except the Catholics.