What are the issues here?
Central Americans are being forced from their homelands for various reasons. They travel all the way to northern Mexico where they meet the USA border. Everything they know tells them that life will be better further north. However, they have many obstacles to overcome! The USA does not want them! Their internal politics have determined that these refugees are not welcome!
In reality, this is no different from that boats that were and still are heading to Australia!
They are simply being intercepted and incarcerated before they get anywhere near Australia!
If we look at Matthew 25:31-46, we see that we are to be judged according to how we have responded to others.
I have always had difficulty reconciling these! I believe that our political leaders have made the wrong choice for us! We need to treat these refugees as Matthew says. However, if some of these then prove to be other than refugees, then the appropriate action should be taken against them. We need to act with a preference for the poor and oppressed.
Over to you…
Min Wullems is a Spiritual Director at the Faber Centre of Ignatian Spirituality. He is married with three adult children. He is a retired computer software developer/consultant, running his own business for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience with RCIA and Parish Pastoral Councils. He first completed the Full Spiritual Exercises more than 50 years ago. Since then Ignatian Spirituality has been and continues to be fundamental to his life. He desires to share this with others who wish to further their personal relationship with God through spiritual direction and the giving of the Spiritual Exercises.