Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle Speaks Out About Receiving Refugees

Betty Sundry,CDP, a dedicated seeker of peace and justice sent me this article on immigration that appeared in the Washington, Post. It is  written by Eusebio Elizondo, the auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration and suggests that the way we treat children on our borders reflects what and who we value as U.S. Americans.

One point Fr. Elizondo makes is something about which I have also wondered. He says, 

“Sadly, Congress and the Obama administration are twisted in knots over a situation that many nations around the world handle as a matter of course. The difference is that other nations receive millions of refugees, not just thousands. Lebanon, for example — a country of 4.5 million — has receivedmore than 1 million Syrian refugees in the past two years. Can we not do right by a much smaller population?”

 

Not only that, Fr. Elizondo also points out that our own nation has urged other nations to receive refugees in order to protect human rights, but when people appear at our own border, some advocate calling out the National Guard.

If you wish to read the rest of this piece, Here is the link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-we-treat-vulnerable-children-on-the-border-displays-americas-values/2014/07/30/ae50f0ba-1672-11e4-85b6-c1451e622637_story.html?wpmk=MK0000200

Thank you Sr. Betty!

 

A Very Important Letter

This letter was offered to Justice or Life by Sister Donna Gribschaw, who received it from Bread for the World. If you were wondering what is our obligation as Christians toward the children pouring into our country, this letter makes it clear.

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Dear Donna,

Emilio is a 16-year-old boy from Honduras.

A fifth grade dropout, Emilio has no job and often goes hungry. “When we were hungry, we endured it … Some days, you would eat. Other days, you wouldn’t,” he says.

A smuggler promised to help Emilio get into the United States. However, during the journey, he and two companions were sold to a man who locked them inside a house in Guatemala, threatening to kill them unless their families each paid $2,000. The journey is dangerous, and some children die on the way, but conditions in his home country are so desperate that Emilio says he will try again.

Emilio is one of tens of thousands of children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador attempting to flee violence and extreme poverty. We as people of faith must act to address the root causes of this humanitarian crisis.

There are two things you can do right now to help.

Pray. Pray for these children, their parents, and the often poor and violence-stricken communities they have left behind. And pray for the children who still remain in Central America, many of whom, like Emilio, go without enough food for days on end. You can use these prayers or your own.
Call (800-826-3688) or email Rep. Keith Rothfus andSen. Robert Casey and Sen. Pat Toomey! Simply say: I urge you to respond to the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border. Please pass legislation that addresses the conditions of poverty, hunger, and violence in Central America that are forcing them to leave.
The Bible tells us that Jesus has a special concern for children who belong to the kingdom of God (Mark 10:14). Christians must speak up for children like Emilio.

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children are crossing the border, fleeing unspeakable conditions in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Since October, over 52,000 unaccompanied children have crossed our borders. By year’s end, we are expecting that number to grow to between 70,000 and 90,000.

Emilio’s story isn’t unique, considering what he is fleeing. More than half of the citizens of Honduras live on less than $4 a day, and violence is rampant.

While the debate raging in Washington focuses on detention centers and how fast the government can send these children back, few members of Congress are asking: What are we sending these children back to?

If we support successful development programs in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, we can help ensure children like Emilio will not have to risk their lives to escape poverty and hunger.

The situation is urgent. Please call (800-826-3688) or email now.

In gratitude,

eric mitchell

Eric Mitchell
Director of Government Relations, Bread for the World

From My Cousin on Facebook

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This is a post I got on Facebook from my cousin. He and I had a discussion about it, but I thought the discussion I found when I looked back to where image originated was even more interesting. These are comments made publicly on Facebook. I would love to know what you think.

“I have FOR YEARS been saying, “TAX the OUTBOUND Wire Transfers for EVERYONE not possessing a VALID U.S. Drivers License that wires money “back home”. 40 %. Flat Fee. Then the Feds and the State split the $$$ to offset better border security…Result: Some will “Stay and Pay” and the rest will “Hit the Highway” back home…END Welfare to Illegals also..” ~Larry

Libtards are to stupid to get it” ~Speed (This must be secret code for Libertarians, right?)

I’m Mexican but I totally agree with that, there is only one problem your forgetting that USA picks up trash world wide! But I understand probably some redneck made this and is so ignorant that doesn’t know it,. Ones again I totally agree with your comment but using my flag is disrespectful” ~ Andrea

“We need to stop this right now. We can’t afford this. We have citizens here that have worked all thier life paid taxes and are barely eeking by!!! Pay attention voters. Vote for change. But not the change Obama has brought. It’s going to bankrupt us and make us a third world country.”  ~Shirley

“”Legal immigrants send much of their money back home too, idiots. Placing the Mexican flag behind this is implies that only illegal Mexicans send money to their home country, which is simply not true.”       ~Natasha

Here is the conversation I had with my cousin. I changed his name.

  • Judy Connor Why do you think they come here Jack? They are desperately poor and trying to care for their families as best they can. Have you never done anything illegal?
  • Jack Of course I have…but I pay taxes…all this money is tax free.
  • Judy Connor They are desperate Jack. The poverty they come from is grinding poverty. What about compassion?
  • Jack: I have compassion…I’m not saying they have to leave…just pay taxes like every hard working American should….I work hard for what I have….If that money got taxed it would help. 33% of 56 billion is alot
  • Jack They come here and cheat the system….it isn’t fair
  • Judy Connor If they could come legally they would. The U.S. allows almost no one from Latin America come into the country unless they have some special status, like they will be killed if they go back. Otherwise, they are automatically deported back to countries riddled with crime, corruption, and poverty. If your children were sick and hungry and there was no other way, would you cheat a system that was determined to cheat you anyway? Don’t blame the poor for just trying to survive. Blame the rich and those who make money off of their backs every single day.

A Sad Day for U.S. Americans

 The following article from Reuters saddened me. Here we have three busloads of women and children (some alone) trying desperately to escape lives of grinding poverty and God knows what else, who are turned away from some temporary processing station by Americans waving our flag and yelling to them that they are unwanted. deportation     

If you want to know some reasons why life is so hard in places like Honduras and Guatemala, check out the book, “Rogue State” by William Blum. He will tell you that the United States has intervened in these countries in ways that were violent and ways that kept them poor. As of 2013, Honduras had the highest murder rate in the world, rampant corruption, a bankrupt government that cannot pay salaries to teachers or doctors, and a collapsing infrastructure, according to Don Godo on his blog “Honduras Living”. 

If there is any question about the U.S.’s involvement in the poverty and misery in Guatemala, just look up what happened there with regards to the democratically elected president Jacob Arbenz and the U.S. American company, United Fruit. Because of the U.S.’s help in the suppression of a budding social-democracy in Guatemala, no fewer than 200,000 of her citizens were tortured and/or killed. If Guatemala’s government, or anyone else in Guatemala attempts to initiate systemic changes to aid the poor, they are dealt with by U.S. trained and armed military. Again, you can find this and other such information in William Blum’s book, “Rogue State”.

Here is the article about how some of us don’t want Guatemalans and Hondurans trying to escape into our sanctuary. 

Demonstrators picket against the possible arrivals of undocumented migrants who may be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in California

(Reuters) – Protesters shouting anti-immigration slogans blocked the arrival of three buses carrying undocumented Central American families to a U.S. Border Patrol station on Tuesday after they were flown to San Diego from Texas.

The migrants, a group of around 140 adults and children, were sent to California to be assigned case numbers and undergo background checks before most were likely to be released under limited supervision to await deportation proceedings, U.S. immigration officials said.

But plans to bring the immigrants to a Border Patrol outpost in Murrieta, 60 miles (100 km) north of San Diego, sparked an outcry from town mayor Alan Long, who said the migrants posed a public safety threat to his community.

The group is part of a growing wave of families and unaccompanied minors fleeing Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras and streaming by the thousands into the United States by way of human trafficking networks through Mexico.

Most have shown up in Texas, overwhelming detention and processing facilities there.

The surge has left U.S. immigration officials scrambling to handle mass numbers of Central American migrants who, by law, the government cannot immediately deport, as they normally could illegal border crossers of Mexican or Canadian origin.

More than 52,000 unaccompanied children from Central America have been caught trying to sneak over the U.S.-Mexico border since October, double the number from the same period the year before, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures. Thousands more were apprehended with their parents.

The group caught up in Tuesday’s confrontation arrived by plane at midday in San Diego from Texas, where they had been apprehended while trying to cross the border, and were put on three unmarked buses for the ride to Murrieta.

As the buses neared their destination, some 150 protesters waiving American flags and shouting “Go home – we don’t want you here,” filled a street leading to the access road for the Border Patrol station, blocking the buses from reaching the facility.

The demonstrators disregarded orders from police to disperse, but officers did not attempt to intervene physically to break up the demonstration.

After about 25 minutes, the buses backed up, turned around and left. A board member of the union representing border patrol agents, Chris Harris, said the buses would likely be rerouted to one of six other Border Patrol stations in the San Diego sector.

Lois Haley, a spokesman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, declined to say where the buses were headed.

Local television station San Diego 6 said the buses went to the Chula Vista Station where about 140 migrants, mainly women and children, could be seen entering, though it was unclear if they were processed inside. It also said several of the children were taken to hospital for unspecified treatment.

A supervisor at Chula Vista declined to comment.

A separate group of undocumented families with children was being sent on Tuesday to a similar processing facility in El Centro, California, a desert community about 100 miles east of San Diego, U.S. immigration officials said. But there was no word on any disruptions of their arrival.

 

(Reporting by Marty Graham and Eric M. Johnson; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing byAlison Williams)