So Deacon Steven Greydanus has banned me from his Facebook page.
We’ve had some good discussions he and I. We haven’t always agreed, but generally we’ve debated well, and I’ve certainly learned some things.
But this time the topic of immigration came up. He posted an editorial about immigration (this was posted on Mark Shea’s webpage, since I can’t access Deacon’s FB page at this point), what it is, America’s rights and immigrants and all. We’ve heard it a thousand, million times.
I responded by something that’s been buzzing around my head for a couple days. When Trump said he would do away with DACA, you had the obvious outcry: But the babies! While this was being done, the MSM ran out and found case after case of people who would be hurt by this.
While doing this, some news outlets also went a different direction. I believe they were trying to say ‘Look how unfair this is! People who have lived their lives, and are now firmly set in a path toward contributing to society, will be uprooted and thrown out!’ To that end, they interviewed various business leaders, tech giants and even Ivy League universities about all those undocumented individuals who will be hurt by this. Undocumented workers who have good jobs, are attending college, going to Harvard, and on and on.
And that got me to thinking, as I am wont to do. Isn’t it possible that sympathy for people who have spent their lives breaking the law, who are now attending Harvard, might go down hard for Americans who are struggling to pay bills, can barely feed their own families, and have no hope for their own children affording college? I mean, I’m not hearing much from the Church about that. Oh, the Church talks its usual concern for the poor and injustice at home. But how does it square supporting people who have broken the law, spent their lives breaking the law, and our now reaping great rewards while their surrounding citizens are watching their fortunes diminish?
Isn’t it possible that sympathy for that Harvard grad who never became a citizen might not be easy to extract from that struggling American family who can barely afford cloths and a decent car for their family? Continue Reading