We Should be Ashamed

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP, Justice Promoter

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.

Posted in News, Peace & Justice Blog

16 responses to “We Should be Ashamed

  1. Could not agree with you more, Sr. Barb! Some of the opinions expressed here make more even more ashamed of our country. These people coming to our borders are not illegals, they are refugees. Those who read and understand the situation know that their and their children’s lives were in danger from gangs back home. Those who try to learn and understand know that years of drought in western Guatemala have left people with no crops. And those with any hearts at all know that little children never deserve to be punished in the ways our government is allowing at the border. Get a grip, people! Find out what is really going on and HELP!

  2. I think if we would learn the history of US interference in the regions from which we receive most refugee families, we might be more ready to understand with compassion, why conditions on those countries necessitate GOOD PEOPLE to flee those dictatorships. These refugees are not criminals.
    I will be going to the border to help come autumn when the students leave.

  3. Thank you, Barbara. The current condition of immigrants from Central America was created by POTUS’s cruel and inane policies–without considering consequences, and without comprehending that we’re being cruel to people, our brothers and sisters, and children, and that we are all members of God’s family.
    The immigrants are fleeing from dangerous conditions in their own countries–conditions that the U.S. had no small part in creating–going back years.

  4. I agree Sister Barbara,
    We should be ashamed. The US has so much, and we should not be unwilling to share with people and improve their lives. We need to stand in solidarity with asylum seekers.
    PH

  5. The larger problem with this being made public is that it is not new in many detentions centers on our southern border, and hasn’t been for years…this according to a man who was on the news this past week. We need to do something ourselves somehow because to be shocked doesn’t change anything. Is there a way that we could mobilize sisters, pastors of all faiths, and many others who would like to see that these children are cared for in a good way? This is no small endeavor because it requires a lot of organization and many caring people. And, of course, we need to do something about our own neglected American children who live in bad situations, also.
    Whom we elect this time is so important, but it doesn’t address the present need.

  6. Money has to be appropriated by Congress to be used at these Federal facilities. Trump is trying. Democrats will not budge. Our border patrol and detention facilities are drowning. We are releasing some without any idea who they are because it is total CHAOS! We are being overrun. Word is out so illegals are swarming here faster than ever. We have open borders to anyone who can just get here. Shame on anyone who is blaming anyone other than Congress for this disgrace, especially Democrats in Congress. This fight was going on during President Reagans term in office. He gave amnesty in exchange for border security but alas Dems lied their butts off again and took the amnesty and ran. Deserting any and all security measures. TELL DEMOCRATS TO GET OFF THEIR BEHINDS and fix immigration….NOW

    1. You are beyond wrong. It is not the Democrats who are the problem, it is Trump and his Republican cult who are creating a country that is so similar to Nazi Germany that it isn’t even funny. The asylum seekers are human beings, and Jesus is weeping.

    2. I agree 100%. These bleeding hearts don’t know what they’re talking about. They just want to assure that they do the right thing in the eyes of God. I call them fanatics, and that’s putting it mildly. If these bleeding hearts want to let all the illegals in because of humanitarian reasons, then let them be responsible for any and all crimes that the illegals commit.

  7. I preached a version of this on Sunday morning and “got in trouble.” I like to think Christians would be on the same page with this. Sigh.

    1. In my experience of a rather long life of being a Christian although the doubting Thomas type, I have about given up on the so-called Christians and what we see before us on television and read in the news. This year I am going to follow the Muslims, the non-church goers, the radical left and others and take notes what these groups did or did not do. I think we will all be surprised at who gives and who sits on their royal asses and does nothing. Which will you be?

  8. Thank you for writing about this. I have been upset with the Christian Community because of their lack of response. Thoughts and prayers don’t cut it anymore.

  9. Sr Barbara
    Thank you for your posting today and your work on peace and justice. How can the people of this country stand by and watch children being mistreated? It should not matter where they are from. These are children who depend on adults to help them not torture or kill them. This is the true for the gun laws, as we watch children being slain in our schools, on the streets and in places of entertainment. This is as much a Pro-life issue as the abortion issue. Shame on us all!

    I have just emailed my senators and representative.

    I’m a new Associate in New Haven. If I can help in any way please let me know.

    Blessings on you.

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