This morning’s Gospel highlighted a basic human command “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” This past week has been filled with the horrendous conditions at the detention center in Clint, Texas. How many parents would want their children to experience what the children in Customs and Border Patrol in Clint, Texas and Homestead, Florida are experiencing? How many parents would want to feel the loss and terror of being separated from their children?
Is this what the United States has come to? Keeping children locked up in overcrowded cages without soap, water, medical care. Sleeping on concrete floors for weeks? I’m overwhelmed by sadness and anger when I read about these children. No one should be treated in this way. If Customs and Border Patrol cannot handle the influx of asylum seekers then money from other immigration, defense, or other sources should be used to help. Use the resources that were to be spent on rounding up undocumented immigrants and deporting them to help the situation.
The United States has been abundantly blessed with rich resources, successful businesses, excellent educational institutions. We value freedom of speech and religion. We have always accepted immigrants even if we haven’t always been the most welcoming because they make us and our country better. We profess to be a Christian country but we allow children to be treated in such a horrible way. Call your representatives. Tell them that they should do what Christ commanded and treat others as they would want to be treated.