The Pilot on Aug. 7 contained a column titled “Churches Can Lead in Extending Welcome Mat,” written by Harry Bronkar. In the article, Mr Bronkar, in addressing immigrant processing centers on our southern border, comments that, “People of faith understand that their religion calls them to reach out in compassion and love, without judging or discriminating.”
After reading this, I could not help but think that reaching out with love and compassion to those who choose to come to this country legally is a very Christian thing to do.
However, and with respect to those crossing our borders illegally and breaking our laws, I could not help but think that perhaps this love and compassion might be better directed to the victims of illegal immigration, such as the families of those murdered, tortured or raped … or the families of those killed by MS13 gang thugs who also terrorized neighborhoods in such areas as Long Island … or those impacted by the illegal drugs crossing our borders … or to the families and victims of human trafficking that occur annually on our Southern border … or to the American tax payer for the $350 to $400 billion being spent on illegal immigration services.
And perhaps this love and compassion could be also be directed to all Americans who will be subjected to the continuing danger of thousands of illegals roaming our streets, and whose country’s culture, sovereignty and freedoms are being destroyed by illegal immigration.
I also could not help but think that Mr. Bronkar is reflecting the progressive ideology permeating Christian Churches, as illustrated by the recent Declaration of Sanctuary by the Lutheran Church.
Bill Lyons, Seven Lakes