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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Oklahoma Immigration Laws Lead to Death of 10 year old

Mother and Child

from MNBNC:
TULSA, Oklahoma - Edgar Castorena had diarrhea for 10 days and counting, and the illegal immigrant parents of the 2-month-old did not know what to do about it.

They were afraid they would be deported under a new Oklahoma law if they took him to a major hospital. By the time they took him to a clinic, it was too late.

A ruptured intestine that might have been treatable instead killed the U.S.-born infant, making him a poster child for opponents of a bill months before it was enacted as the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007.

Complete Article Here:
.Oklahoma Law Blamed for Death of 10 Year Old Child

I know that there will be many who will make the False Analogy between illegal immigrants and felons such as rapists and murders. How they can equate families who have come to this country in search of a better life (remember the Pilgrims?) and those who commit violent crimes against their fellow human beings, is beyond me.

To my way of thinking, the statement, "Illegal is Illegal." merely begs the question. Why are these people forced to use illegal means to better themselves? What is it about our immigration "policy," if we can be said to have one, that has created this problem?

For if you do much research into the history of immigration laws in America, you will find that they have been based, for the most part, on race and religion. Once we tried to exclude Germans and Irish because they were thought to be too Catholic for Protestant America. We also tried to exclude Asians during the so-called "Yellow Peril" because, as Pres. Woodrow Wilson believed, they never would be able to assimilate into American culture.

We need to step back and take a long, hard look at ourselves. I don't think we will like what we see in our attitudes towards those different from us.

4 comments:

DivineJoy said...

I have no pity. They status is illegal. It's no ones fault.

Lynn Green said...

'I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'--Jesus of Nazareth (Marthew 25:36)

DivineJoy said...

Jesus told us "you must have a garment to come to the wedding" The verse you posted is telling us to share the Gospel with others so they can be clothed in an understanding of God's salvation. It has nothing to do with a blouse or pair of pants.

If someone's ways please the Lord, they don't need handouts, and they definitely don't break the law by invading countries illegally.

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor [his seed begging bread]. - Psalm 37:25

Lynn Green said...

Actually, the verse has everything to do with a pair of shoes. Jesus is contrasting those who profess religion with those who put their faith into action.

Most of the Sermon on the Mount deals with how we should be living which is a life of service to others.

Also, those coming to this country are for the most part coming to work.