Yesterday I read a tweet by a congressman who said  “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” (Rep King 3/12/17) His remarks are in support Geert Wilders a Dutch candidate for Prime Minister and anti-Muslim. It implies that anyone who is different (non-white) is not welcome. In other words, people who come to this country illegally or who overstay their visas and then have children (if logic follows that means Muslim kids and probably Hispanic kids as well), those children should not be considered citizens. This, of course flies in the face of the 14th amendment  to our  U.S. Constitution. Essentially, King is saying “Make America White Again.” I am not surprised that David Duke, the former head of the KKK is in full agreement. This type of nationalist myopia must stop.

May the groans of the captive reach you, by your great strength save those who are condemned to death!

And we, your people, the flock that you pasture, will thank you for ever, will recite your praises from age to age.(Ps 79:11,13)

Most of the people who flock to this country are looking for a better life. There are avenues to make staying in this country legal but some of the desperate people slipping over the border or overstaying their visas feel they have no choice but to “break the law.” Yes, some of them do have babies while here but those babies are protected under another set of laws, the U.S. Constitution. This brings up a new set of problems for the undocumented. Do we separate families? Do we send them all back where they came from? That is the honest debate that must take place. Compassion is something we as Americans pride ourselves on. Today’s Scripture reading from the Liturgy addresses this point clearly.

‘Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate.

Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.(Lu 6:36-37)

We aren’t Holland or France we are America and as such our responsibility toward humanity is both convenient and inconvenient at times, but it still remains a responsibility.

…and so it goes…