The decision by the Obama administration to stop military base housing of minor children who have entered the country illegally is a relief.
For those whose consciousness has been raised, many avenues are available to help the situation at the border. For example, one can support and be grateful to Cape CARES, which has provided free medical and dental services to over 118,000 residents of Honduras over the last 26 years.
One can also be grateful to those community leaders who kept a level head throughout this brief but very divisive period. Liberty Chalkboard’s sponsorship of its excellent panel discussion of immigration issues is one such example.
In contrast, one is dismayed by the failure of certain government officials, candidates for office and even members of the clergy who failed to use this emergency as an opportunity to bring the community together.
Words like “ugly,” “fear” and “racist” have been bandied about by these individuals. By failing to promote understanding and communication between decent people who hold different points of view, they failed in their leadership roles, and failed abysmally. I for one shudder to think how these individuals would react in a major crisis, like a cataclysmic natural or man-made disaster. Would they merely point fingers and give media interviews, or would they actually try to do their jobs as leaders of the WHOLE community, not just a chosen few?
We have been awash in platitudes over the last several weeks. It’s a pity that the peace prayer, which seems particularly relevant, was absent:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony
Marcia E. MacInnis