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Let’s be a more Christian state

Posted: February 23, 2010 9:43 p.m.
Updated: February 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Regarding the recent Bob Kellar controversy, Kellar’s speech on illegal immigration, while ill-advised, was more xenophobic than racist.

It blames our problems on immigrants who are not in the country legally.

There needs to be an orderly process and control of our borders, but the position expressed tends to blame our social and economic troubles on a single vulnerable class of people.

It’s simply wrong. In history, it’s led to some of mankind’s worst injustices.

Many of us believe this is a country founded on Christian values. Such values should override the fear that pervades this issue.

If we accept that our country is founded on values that go beyond self-preservation, protecting our own interests at the expense of others, narcissism and elitism, then we should be willing to seek out a solution that reflects our national concerns and values.

A majority of the immigrants who came here without proper authority did so to find a better life for themselves and their families. Not so different from our own ancestors.

We see many of them every day working in low-paying, menial jobs. These are generally honest, hard-working people. They’ve made a mistake but are generally productive members of our society and economy. I don’t want to punish them anymore than I want to track down and punish citizens who have broken minor traffic laws but didn’t get caught.

I’m not talking about drug dealers, human taffickers or gang members.

Let’s stop wasting tax dollars to raid the garment district, farms and construction sites to deport individuals who aren’t here legally, but who are working and contributing to society.

Let’s stop fearing for our own welfare by blaming immigrants and their families. Let’s acknowledge their positive contributions.

Let’s be a more Christian state and country and temper our policies with mercy, compassion and empathy.

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