Letter to the editor: We must be welcoming
Jesus is knocking at the door, seeking room at the inn. Literally. We must be humane, and respond with compassion.
Thousands of men, women and children are fleeing murder, rape and extortion by drug gangs and seeking refuge and opportunity in our great land. We need to respond by sending a large cadre of immigration personnel to swiftly process their asylum requests. We are wasting our taxpayer dollars sending troops.
There is work to be done in our nation, which we do not raise our U.S.-born children to do. I have seen onions rotting in the fields of Georgia for lack of farm workers. Washington state had unharvested crops for lack of pickers. We have skilled positions that need to be filled, too.
Immigrants are the lifeblood of our nation, as our grandparents once were. They raised their children to study well and contribute to the communities in which they live. A few are harmful people, but no more so than those of us born in the United States.
We need to welcome immigrants and refugees. We are a great, free, welcoming nation. We need to immediately do comprehensive immigration reform to allow families to stay together and contribute to this country we all love.
“Love your neighbor as yourself” is still the law of God.
Mary K. Sykes