In this season of hope and cheer, in this season of love and joy, the response of Arizonans to the closure of the Lukeville Border crossing between Arizona and Rocky Point, especially as Christians celebrate the birth of the revered child of the migrant Holy Family desperately seeking refuge, is a revolting display of hypocrisy when compared to how present-day migrant families are treated.
Women, children, and men walk hundreds or travel thousands of miles fleeing war and gangs and rape and abuse and trafficking and climate disasters. If we were a Christian nation as some claim, we would do as the Bible says: For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, Deuteronomy 27:19.
But that is not what we do. Rather we rush to close the border in violation of national and international law. We gin up a fake crisis for political purposes. Volunteers have dealt with the immigrants seeking shelter for years with no state or federal assistance. It is not a crisis now.
The politicians whine about spending money yet immigrants bring far more than they take.
https://www.marketplace.org/2023/12/12/what-immigration-actually-does-to-jobs-wages-and-more/ When the Denver mayor asked the migrants what help they needed, the response was – none, we just want a job. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/denver-mayor-johnston-let-migrants-work-biden-administration-rcna128297 When we want something from south of the border, we take it. But when people south of the border just want an opportunity, we quiver in fear and strike back in violence.
The same hypocrites who cry to “close the border” mean close it only one-way. When their easy access to Rocky Point in Mexico is blocked, they scream “open the border” for them. If they were Christians, they should act as Matthew 25:40 tells them: “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
This hysteria highlights with naked clarity that we care about our vacations, our second homes, our time on the beach, our partying, ourselves. We have plenty of money to give for that. But we have no Christmas spirit for the abused women, hungry children, and exhausted men forced to flee and asking just to work and make a life.
Whether you say Happy Holidays, Joyful Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, or Merry Christmas, the so-called “war on Christmas” is really a war on the poor and abused. Peace on earth, goodwill to men is a farce when you only care about yourself. “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” becomes a horror for those stuck in limbo and in danger for months if not years.
The long neglected, broken immigration system requires honesty and courage in recognizing that the current border challenges are symptomatic of the failure to confront the need for comprehensive immigration reform. Unfortunately, honesty and courage are in short supply among those in power. But we must not let political expediency again give cover to the negative political forces that benefit from continued failure to prioritize comprehensive immigration reform. The arrogant public being discomfited by adding a few more hours getting to “our” Arizona playground located in Mexico from which Mexican immigrants are being denied entry not to a playground but to a workplace is evil poison injected into our body politic by hysterical hypocrites. For all of us and especially the real Christians, it’s past time to stand up.
Dianne Post, Attorney
Uncage and Reunite Families
1826 E Willetta St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006-3047