Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday Thinking - Affluenza and Immigration

Last month, Roger Olson posted a very compelling piece challenging Americans in general and Christian Americans in particular to think ethically, not politically, about the underlying causes of the current child immigration crisis. I encourage you to give it your thoughtful attention.

Illegal Immigration of Children: The Underlying Problem Nobody Seems to Talk About
July 24, 2014 by Roger E. Olson
"According to news reports, about sixty thousand unaccompanied children have arrived in the U.S. from Central America via Mexico in the last one to two years. Some have died in the desert attempting to cross the border alone. Many are being smuggled to the border by “mules” who charge their families large amounts of money. (Why this is not being labeled a form of human trafficking by anyone is curious.) Once the children arrive and are caught, they are warehoused in cramped, crowded facilities indefinitely.

These children have become the ping-pong balls in a partisan battle of words between Democrats and Republicans. Instead of banding together to find viable, compassionate, humane solutions, both sides are digging in and arguing ferociously..."

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