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Our Border Crisis is About Power, Not Compassion

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NOW, we have real border crisis on our hands.

Tens of thousands of illegal aliens, euphemistically known as “undocumented workers” have overrun our southern border—again. Undocumented workers, dreamers, asylum seekers—whatever one party calls them, it’s all just wordplay. It’s not about compassion or freedom or the American Dream. Rhetoric aside, it’s about marketing and a massive electorate infusion—camouflaged in compassion.

The truth is that most of us are here because our ancestors dreamed of a better life in America. Many of us are immigrants. We’re all Americans. I’m the grandson of an immigrant. My grandfather came here legally and jumped through all the hoops to become a citizen. He was a dreamer.

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What is an illegal alien? He or she is a person in a temporary state that describes the legality of his or her status in a sovereign nation; it has nothing to with their humanity. It’s about someone doing something illegal—like illegally breaching a border—it’s not about their being less human. The dehumanizing argument the party in power uses is a political construct. It’s designed to vilify those who believe in rule of law, sovereignty and the constitutionality of borders.

Legal, precise and meaningful labels like illegal alien do not strip anyone of their humanity or God-created image. If you disagree and feel that they do, I’m not surprised. For years, we’ve been pelted with politically driven partisan constructs like this one through education, social and other media, Machiavellian politicians and a subjective spirit of the age.

Rule of Law

Is it right for a father to break the law by breaching an enforced border, so he can work to give his children a better life? Good fathers would do virtually anything to improve their kids’ life chances. Should they break the law to do so?

We applaud fatherly love and devotion, but flaunting of the rule of law does not provide a good example for one’s children. A father who respects the rule of law provides an essential character building example for his kids and this example would go much further in improving their life chances than just getting into a country by hook or crook.

As a compassionate and sovereign nation, we should offer this advice to parents seeking to improve their children’s futures: If they can’t find suitable work to provide for their families in their country, they can seek employment in ours, but they must do it lawfully.

Consider this hypothetical:

You live in a southern border town. People who chose to run the gauntlet show up on your porch. They’re tired, thirsty and frightened. What do you do? You give them water—just as I would and just as the neighboring pro-border wall ranchers would and just as border patrol agents would.

Doing the Right Thing

Are you breaking the law? It’s not illegal to give people water. However, if you were maintaining water stations and, by doing so, helping people break the law and attracting more people to break the law, would this be wrong? As a reminder, the people you’re helping hydrate are choosing to break the law. A lack of opportunity in their countries does not justify a decision to break laws. Aren’t we all accountable for our decisions?

Now consider this example:

You live in France in 1943. You’re working and living on a farm. In the dead of night, a family of Jews appears on your doorstep. They’re haggard, cold, tired, hungry, scared out of their minds, and half a day ahead of the Gestapo. Your puppet Vichy government has decreed it unlawful to help fleeing Jews. What do you do? You do just what I hope I would do—you give them food, water and shelter and a hiding place.

Or do you give in to fear and close the door? Why put your life in danger? You do so because your government’s law violates God’s laws. You help them out of love, compassion and obedience to Almighty God and in defiance of your weakling government that’s doing the will of its evil client regime.

Big Differences

Let’s review some key differences in these scenarios:

A) One describes a violation of God’s laws.
B) One includes people forced to flee and break the law. They have no choice. They’re not looking for work, they’re looking to stay alive.
C) The American government is not a puppet Vichy government enforcing evil immigration laws.

Speaking of governments, does enforcing federal law depend on compassion and empathy? Do you think Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi know real hardship? Just because they seem to care about people doesn’t mean they can empathize with them. In the case of illegal immigration, is their flaunting of federal law powered by real compassion and or an opportunity to create hordes of new voters?

Meanwhile, they vilify opponents, slander them and insult our intelligence by telling us they’re the only ones who care because they’re willing to ignore federal law in order to help people break our laws.

God and Borders

To those who think sovereign nations have no business securing their borders and like to say that God is on their side; here are a few questions to ponder and a counter argument to consider:

What if God recognizes nations and their sovereignty and rule of law regarding immigration? After all, the concepts of national sovereignty and natural-born citizenship originated from God regarding his people. If this is true, there’s a sanctity to the rule of law. And if all legitimate laws come from God and are instituted by him, as Paul says in Romans 13, all are called to obey the laws of the land—unless they conflict with God’s laws.

Whether or not you accept these as truths, here’s my challenge: Convince me that our federal immigration laws conflict with God’s, and I’ll storm the Bastille with you. I’ll resist any law that prohibits people from entering our country. Let’s put rubber to road: Where does God stand on refugees and widows and orphans fleeing intolerable living conditions?

I think we can agree that he stands above and beyond petty politics and weaponized partisan constructs. That said, God wants us to extend help and compassion toward refugees, travelers and the poor and widows. God is right there with us in our compassion and love toward others. He also wants us to obey laws and those in authority over us—unless either or both breaks his laws.

It’s my view that the party in power is doing just that, but that our federal immigration laws are right and proper and consistent with good governance and policy. If those in the party in power disagree, they should change them through legislation, not ignore them. That’s what banana republics do.

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Patrick is a journalist and writer with degrees in English and journalism. He served six years in the Navy where his life was changed forever by the Lord Jesus Christ. He lives in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California with his wife, dog and two cats. He enjoys hiking and cycling, taking pictures and blogging at https://luscri.com/



 
 
 

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The Left Is Fueling a New Racism

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It’s my firm belief that the number of Americans holding racist views is small, whether white, black, or Hispanic. At this point in our history, the vast majority of Americans try to live up to the challenge delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. We keep moving toward the hard-fought dream he envisioned of an America where a citizen’s character would mean more than the color of their skin.

We are a different country today. I’ve presented leadership programs to hundreds of companies over the last 40 years. I’ve seen the work they’ve done to embrace diversity and advance capable employees and leaders from all races. Many minority members have advanced and earned their rightful place in making this great American economy work. At a time we should be celebrating and furthering our progress, our American culture is under attack from the left. Angry race-baiters are doing everything they can to increase our racial divide through pushing the 1619 Project, CRT, and BLM. They make extreme racist claims with a clear goal—to expand the government gravy train that only racial “victims” can justify.

I lived in pre-civil rights Atlanta where there were separate schools, separate bathrooms, and the baseball team was the Atlanta Crackers! Today, it’s more likely that leftist blacks are the ones who want separate schools, separate rights, and special reparations for their race.

As one anonymous post asserted, “Only in America can an ethnic group of black awareness month, black holiday, black only colleges, black only dating sites, and black only bars and clubs…and turn around and call everyone else racists!” You don’t have to look far to find evidence of extreme black racist demands.

In California, the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee released a report calling on the city to pay every qualifying black California resident $5 million and absolve them of their outstanding personal debt. This is madness. California was a free state and did not condone slavery, but the committee is doing all it can to justify reparations: “While neither San Francisco, nor California, formally adopted the institution of chattel slavery, the tenets of segregation, white supremacy and systematic repression and exclusion of Black people were codified through legal and extralegal actions, social codes, and judicial enforcement.” To the left, this “failure” warrants millions of innocent California citizens being forced to pay higher taxes to fund exorbitant benefits to one race they haven’t abused in any way.

In Washington, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is proposing a law that could codify black racism in America. There is a common mantra in her political speeches: White America is defined by institutional racism, systemic racism, white supremacy, and white nationalism. She attacks “white” America and seems to see the clan in the face of every white citizen. Such general attacks are evidence of a new racism—black racism.

Read for yourself Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s proposed law, the Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023. The legislation promises to criminalize criticism of any minority that is subsequently used to incite anybody else to commit a hate crime. The law reads: “A conspiracy to engage in white supremacy inspired hate crimes shall be determined to exist between two or more persons, at least one of whom published material advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism based on ‘replacement theory,’ or hate speech that vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-White person or group could, as determined by a reasonable person, motivate actions by a person predisposed to engaging in a white supremacy inspired crime.”

This is a chilling attack on freedom of speech against one race—caucasians. In short, if you criticize a minority and another person states that your statement was all the motivation needed to do a hate crime, you may be jailed because your criticism “motivated” a hate crime you did not commit. Get the message—be silent and conform or we will put you away.

Black racism is real and just as evil as white racism. Both must be soundly rejected by responsible citizens. As a Christian, I affirm my Savior’s claim that all God’s children matter! No responsible citizen should be shamed into silence by the irresponsible racist attacks of the left. Be proud of yourself and of America. Whether black, brown or white, success as a small business person or advancement as a good employee had to be earned by hard work, long hours, and diligent sacrifice. As with Americans for generations, it was not handed to you. You didn’t depend on government handouts to get ahead, you had to find a way to earn your own American Dream.

Reparations will never happen! Politicians can’t even afford to fund the entitlements they’ve already promised. Special black racist demands are unethical, divisive, and risk fueling a new racism backlash. Politicians from the left keep making the promises to fuel racist anger and secure special interest donations and votes.

Don’t fall for their racist rants and demands. Depending on government entitlements is never the answer. Instead, get busy following the models and learning from citizens of all races who have made America work for themselves and their families.

Let’s reclaim the American Dream Martin Luther King, Jr. affirmed. Do not judge a fellow citizen by the color of their skin. Celebrate the character of the vast majority of good American citizens you meet. Keep rejecting racism of any kind. It’s time to stand proud and applaud hard work and success wherever we find it, no matter what the race. May it always be so in this great republic we treasure…America!

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Tired? Hopeless? Discouraged? Read This.

I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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I get it. Many people are feeling tired, hopeless, and discouraged. Life is tough and the past few years have been really tough. But there is hope. Take some time to read slowly through this familiar passage. Focus on it. Claim the truths for yourself. Refocus your mind onto the truth of God rather than the problems of the world:

Psalm 23

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1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. (He gives us everything we need with generosity)

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, (He brings us to a peaceful place)

3 he refreshes my soul. (He invigorates my spirit)
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake. (He takes me to where I need to go)

4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; (When evil is present, God is right there with me)
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me. (He brings comfort to us)

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies. (When my enemy is ready to fight, God is ready)
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows. (Abundance is mine)

6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life, (God’s love for you is eternal and never-ending)
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. (The promise of heaven is real for us)

Aren’t these great promises? Focus prayerfully on them today!

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