Jul 312017
 

In 2009 the late, great, Charles Bowden wrote his classic article, “We Bring Fear” about a Mexican reporter fleeing for his life from the Mexican army and seeking asylum in the U.S.

The reporter, Emilio Gutierrez, finally had his case heard this month…and his application was denied.

 

Gutierrez came here the right and lawful way… and still was denied asylum.

My hope is that you read Bowden’s piece and ask why this is so.

For me, this is an immoral and unrighteous act…and one that as a Christian I must protest.

 

  38 Responses to “We Bring Fear”

  1. I’ve been around here long enough now to know where Michael’s warrior’s heart lies – and how much it impacts him when we see these injustices that are causing harm to the innocent and he!pless…
    I think what we’ll have to come to terms with is the fact that these evils feeding off of greed and corruption won’t have an easy or fair solution – the causes and the blame falls on the people and the government on both sides of the border…
    joining in prayers for righteous wisdom and strength to, somehow, prevail… Come soon Lord Jesus indeed!

  2. John 20:29,

    Thank you, my friend.

  3. Our family situation has pretty much formed my opinion about Mexicans. A member of our family has given a local Mexican family every reason in the world to really hate us but instead, they welcomed us into the bosom of their large family. I don’t know if any of them are undocumented and I don’t care. They welcomed us when they had the rights to reject us. I will welcome them and their kin as well.

  4. Our System is imperfect and not nearly “just” in lots of areas including “illegal immigration”.

    I don’t know many “illegal” activities that are so protected by entire States and Municipalities than “illegal immigration”….yet other Federal Laws are enforced to Draconian levels.

    Illegal Immigration hurts a lot of people. When you support Illegal Immigration you are actually supporting law-breaking and you are supporting hurting many Middle Class Citizens who are then burdened with the increased Debt-load to pay for Illegals and you hurt those families who have fallen victim to Criminal Illegals who rape, murder, sell drugs and guns on our streets etc.

    It’s a complex issue and you tend to have rose-colored glasses in favor of Illegal Immigration and you don’t present a balanced on this issue, IMO. The Facts and Data are available and paint a terrible picture of how badly Illegal Immigration is hurting “your neighbor” in the form of the average US Citizen.

  5. Jesus never endorsed breaking the law, in fact the opposite.

  6. Emilio followed American asylum law to the letter.

  7. While not exactly addressing the point, there is validity to what Xenia related and also to what Alex posted…
    Sadly, the drug and gang elements impact the whole community – citizen and non alike… Among the illegals I suspect there is as much unspoken fear of them as there is of our government
    We, who know God, really do need to keep praying

  8. Most stats show that there is a net economic gain from undocumented immigrants.
    It is especially the case when most think that the Social Security system is kept afloat by their contributions as they pay into the system,but can’t receive benefits.
    You are much more likely to be the victim of a crime at the hands of a native than a migrant.

    None of this addresses two issues…which are about what role we’ve played in creating the migration (that’s now over) and the fact that this man came legally under the asylum laws.

    I am fully aware that this is a very unpopular position to take in todays climate…I’m not interested in debating it.

    As a Christian I believe there is morality that extends outside bedrooms and I need to speak to that as much as sexual issues.

    I did what my conscience demanded.

  9. “I did what my conscience demanded.” Of all the aspects of the situation, this is the only one that truly is ‘ black and white’ ☺

  10. “Emilio followed American asylum law to the letter.”

    And a judge disagreed with him and his lawyers and denied his application. Happens all the time in our System on many other issues to many other people.

  11. Many of the most grievous sins past and present have been considered
    legal by the powers that be throughout history. It is during those times that people of conscience shine brightest. Thank you, Michael.

  12. Good statement Anne (11)!

  13. Thank you, Anne.

    Mr. Gutierrez waited 8 years to appear in a court that denies somewhere between 91-99% of all asylum applications.
    His life is worthless if forced to go back.

    There are those who believe this righteous and just.
    I do not.
    I will not.

  14. The people standing against corruption in Mexico are getting slaughtered…standing up for them is easy and should be expected.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Luciano-Rivera-10th-Mexican-Journalist-Killed-in-2017-20170731-0021.html

  15. The more Bowden I take the effort to read, the more I absolutely love the guy. Reading him is no longer an effort, thanks to you.

  16. It “is”. The people of Mexico should take responsibility for their messed up country and have a good old fashioned Revolution if it’s so bad.

    Yet, many illegals come to the USA, wave Mexican flags, collude with the Democrat Party and vote illegally while calling all Republicans racists and want to turn America into Mexico.

    If it’s so bad in Mexico and so corrupt why do you Democrats want to make the USA into Mexico?

    Where they gonna run to next and claim victimhood while violating Immigration laws? Canada? Marxist/Liberal Canada enforces its Immigration Laws. Mexico enforces its Immigration Laws on the Guatemalans. Is Canada and Mexico wrong to do so? Nope. Yet, you say the USA is somehow wrong for wanting to enforce its immigration laws.

    Nope. Not a sucker. Not buying that illogical emotional appeal anymore.

  17. Reuben,

    You know that means a lot to me…he’ll have been gone for three years next month.

  18. Alex,

    For the last time.
    He broke no immigration laws.
    None.
    Please take your rants somewhere where they are welcome.

  19. I’d guess a lot of your readers agree with me, but they’re scared of voicing it on your blog….which is telling of a dynamic you preach against here when it comes to other Pastors and Churches.

  20. Alex,

    Goodbye.
    You are simply trolling me.

    This is not a church.

    This is a place I pay for to write and administrate as I see fit.
    I’ve never taken a poll to decide what I believe to be true.

    People are always welcome to make reasonable objections…no one is welcome to take over and rant.
    Go do your thing on Facebook.

  21. I didn’t assert that the guy broke any laws, he applied for asylum and got rejected.

    You are Pro-Illegal Immigration in general, my pushback was directed at your assertion that to be Christian you have to be Pro-Illegal Immigration and that is false.

  22. #19 Alex

    Silence is not assent. That was settled with Magna Carta. Your conspiracy theories are worthy of the X-Factor, but not this blog… Just my opinion.

  23. “You are Pro-Illegal Immigration in general, my pushback was directed at your assertion that to be Christian you have to be Pro-Illegal Immigration and that is false.”

    I have never stated that, would never state that, and will not tolerate your misrepresentation.

    I am pro immigration reform of a horribly broken system.

    I am anti -troll.

  24. Michael,

    My literary hero died December 15, 2011, and it is said that often times, a true artist is never fully recognized until they die. If he were alive today, the things he would say would bring tears to my eyes. I know this to be the case with Bowden as well.

    Taking what they saw, learned, forecasted, and helped shape our thinking, I believe we have a responsibility to that, and if we respect our hero’s, we continue their legacy. Bowden is a hero indeed. Literary, and simply, profoundly, for justice for humanity. It makes me beam with pride that I have understood him through you.

    Thank you.

  25. Ok, Reuben made me cry.

    I’m utterly inadequate to carry on, but you’re right…if the legacy was worth something, we have to try.

  26. i don’t agree with Michael or Alex… some of what they both say is spot on, but so many factors are at play right now…
    living in orchard and vineyard country, i am surrounded by folk of all ages from south of the border, some waaay south of several borders…
    some males, females and little ones are so endearing that i’d adopt them in a minute (there’s an angle, adopt an immigrant ..?..) and some are …. not endearing at all and they are very scary
    bottom line is that they are all just people of every stripe – the good are caught in a bad situation like so many others around the globe and we desperately do need answers
    it seems that this situation has just overwhelmed everyone making us all victims in one way or another… and, granted, some of those “ways” are far worse than others, but good people are most definitely under attack by evil forces – human or otherwise

    not pontificating here without experience, but just sayin… God give us wisdom

  27. John 20:29,

    There is huge complexity here and it won’t be solved by making this a partisan political issue.

    The wall won’t help either…the drugs and migrants will come through the same ports they come through now.

    This is a global crisis…the next thing you’ll be reading about is the African migration, which may dwarf all the others.

    We need leaders who will offend both sides in order to make workable, merciful, policy.

  28. Em,

    We have a big labor shortage here…so does California.
    Lots of the good guys staying home…

  29. Since Canada has labeled itself as the kinder, gentler Americans, can’t someone give Emilio a ride to Canada. No need for him to return to Mexico.

  30. MLD,

    While I know you’re being sarcastic, that may actually be an option.

  31. I wasn’t being sarcastic, but it does go to my larger point – why does the USA always need to be the sole remedy to the world’s issues.

    Another question, If our turn down rate is at 90%. why didn’t Emilio apply to more than one country for asylum?

  32. MLD,

    Some of us would suggest that as we have had a hand in creating the issues, it seems right to help remedy them.

    The turn down rate is closer to 99%.

    You must go to the border of the country to apply for asylum.
    The problem now would be to get Emilio legally to the Canadian border.
    What will probably happen is that he will be deported and I’ll report his murder here soon thereafter.

  33. not to belittle Emilio’s experience with injustice, but maybe journalism isn’t a good occupation to pursue in bad areas… some have been beheaded in other lands also…
    they file their stories and hope their editors don’t edit all the guts out, feeding the public innocuous information that is less factual than the Brothers Grimm …
    no wonder we have so many reporters sitting safely home with their laptops and pontificating half truths – like a bunch of old ladies

  34. Em,

    The heart of a free society is a free press.

    Bowden had nothing but contempt for most “journalists” here…because they refused to make sacrifices to tell the truth.

    There are few people more heroic to me than those who are fighting for their country with the only weapon they have.

    Emilio was one of the fortunate ones in a way…he’s still alive, for now.

  35. Post Aug. 1st 2017
    1. Today is the “Tishaa Beav”. I wish everybody easy fast.
    2. There is a very noisy debate in Israel. The subject is the killing of a terrorist that tried to stab Israeli soldiers. He was shot by Israeli soldiers and while he was lying on the ground, came another soldier and made “confirmation” of death of the terrorist. If you doubt/ask why to confirm the terrorist death? Here is the answer: It happened in the past that “Killed/dead” soldiers “waked” up and caused casualties to the soldiers. It happens in many places. Actually it happens in every war/battle. During the fight the soldiers run and look for shelters. They don’t watch if there are fake dead enemies. This, many times, enabled the “dead/injured” enemies to get organized/prepared to attack the soldiers from their back. So, in order to eliminate such unpleasant surprises the order is to confirm the death of those that pretend to be dead.
    3. In the case in debate the Israeli soldier killed the terrorist. Couple of journalists took pictures of the confirmation. They published it and ignited the surface. The soldier that “confirmed” the death was called to court. After many, too many, court meetings he was sent to jail for1.5 years.
    4. I think that the judges behaved to him in the most serious way. He, and his colleagues, the Israeli soldiers are exposed every day to attacks by terrorists. Attacks means stabbing and/or shooting and of throwing homemade bombs and/or fireworks. Everything is usable for their purposes to kill Israelis/Jews/Christians/Druze/civilians/soldiers/children/ adults/ men/women and people of any other nation in the world. Even Arabs/Muslims. Their purpose is to see blood and as much as possible.
    5. Israel fights them because of this reason. But this is not the only reason. Israel was occupied by Jews all history long. Since the time of the Bible. Even when the land of Canaan was conquered by foreign armies, and it happened several time, Jews were sitting, keeping the land by making agriculture. After the 2nd world war Jews Holocaust survivors returned to Israel and established the best and most wonderful/blooming/successful state in the world. The Arabs can’t admit to the flourishing of Israel so they want to destroy us. They failed. So they established their “Small warfare” which is called, in another words, terror. They hope that it will help them. So this is the story of the confirmation of the death of the terrorist in subject.
    6. In the same breath, while we discuss this subject, I want to tell all of you that if you look for a pure fight and pure army that keep strictly the pure arms you won’t find one like the IDF. We don’t kill civilians and/or even soldiers, like the Arabs do, if it is not necessary for the safety and security of our soldiers/army. If you check all history long you can find that all armies killed many prisoners. You can’t find even one prisoner that was killed by Israeli in a cold blood. If it should have happened the soldier would have have been sent to jail for the entirety of his life. This is the degree of honor that we give to other soldiers although they are our enemies and that they are in danger.
    7. The Israeli law order very strictly not to pour blood, whoever it will be, of innocent people. This is the charter of the Israeli army.
    8. But there are cases that the soldier is in a dilemma what to do. This is up to him. To leave a live enemy that can attack him from behind or to make sure that he and his friends, Israeli soldiers, keep living and fight for our lives/state. This is not a easy decision, especially during war when you see your best friends getting killed.
    9. All of this is to differ from the Arab/Muslim/Palestinian way to kill everybody that they see on the way and if they didn’t find such one to kill Jews, on Friday night, while they celebrating the entrance of the queen Shabat=”Shabat Hamalka”.
    10. “Even if he would be sentenced to life imprison it would not revive our son”. This sentence was said by the terrorist that was killed by the soldier that confirmed his death. Just read it carefully. They complain about the killing of their son who was killed because he was educated, and tried to implement his education, to kill Jews. Killing innocent Jews is, from their point of view-ok, but he got killed. They blame the others. This is part of the Muslims culture. It must be learned in every school in the world to show the level of art that the Muslims reached in lying by using religion.
    11. Israel, as a social state, thinks that everybody is equal so one must contribute to the state by fulfilling his duties. One of the duties is the army service. Most of the youngsters do join the army after high school. “Most” does not mean all. The balances of the people that don’t serve in the army are the extreme right wing religious parties and the most leftists. The right wingers don’t recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people and they support the Arabs. Some of them even meet with Palestinian leaders and have very good relations with them, not with Israel. Most of them live in America. Not very many live in Israel but contribute nothing to the social life and the economy. The next group of extremists is the day and night Torah learners. Just next to them there is another group that don’t serve in the army, but they recognize Israel and even have government members. They also give some kind of social service. After them there are still none Zionist group that don’t recognize Israel, but they serve in the army. They suffer very much from the more right wingers, because of their contribution to the state in different ways. After them we have the group of Zionist religious people that fulfill all duties that an average Israeli citizen do. Afterwards there is the center, the main group of the Israelis that carry the state on their shoulders. These people can be found everywhere and they, together with the Zionist religious people, are the ones that lead the state. The next group is the leftists that don’t serve in the army as they are pacifists and they claim that the debate/war with the Palestinians is because of Israel’s position. They claim that if we fulfill all Arab claims the peace, between Arabs and Jews, will prevail. My feeling is that this is a wishful thinking. Why? See next.
    12. In the Quran is written that all none Muslim people, from all over the world, must convert to the Islam. The none believers in the Islam will be killed. This is what happened just lately between Daesh and Muslims that were not of their group/stream. They just beheaded them. This is how they behave among/between Muslims. What will be the verdict and the execution between Muslims and Jews if they get all the requested by them, by the Muslims/ Arabs, I don’t want even to think of.
    13. Yes, that’s right that not all Arabs are the same. They have different opinions. There are pacifists that look for common lives. I know many of them and we are friends. They have the same blood color, like mine and work very hard for their income. The problem with them is that they are not war people and they can’t fight the extreme Muslims. They are afraid of the extremists. Therefore they stay in the shed looking for better time.
    14. In spite of all the above written I hope that somebody, Muslim leader, like Ata Turk of Turkey, will take the lead of the Islam, will overrule the orders in the Quran and lead the Islam in different way, more friendly. I am sure that it will happen. The question is when?
    Please share/reblog the posts.
    In friendship……………………………….Amir

  36. What the….

  37. perhaps Amir’s words enforce the confusion and the danger of the times all over the world now… perhaps they are words to think on a bit… another view of the same chaos and sorrow

  38. “Tisha B’Av (help·info) (lit. “the ninth of Av”) (Hebrew: תשעה באב‎ or ט׳ באב‎) is an annual fast day in Judaism which commemorates the anniversary of a number of disasters in Jewish history, primarily the destruction of both the First Temple by the Babylonians and the Second Temple by the Romans in Jerusalem.”

    it is one thing to commemorate – a good thing – but it is another to learn, to grow wiser – i pray we grow wiser, but it will take our Lord’s power to reveal such wisdom as is needed to solve these tragedies discussed on this thread today

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