The loss of jobs due to NAFTA combined with the drug wars have created a killing field that has sent hundreds of thousands of Mexicans across the border in search of life.
Better said, they come to escape death.
As of Sunday evening, there have been more than 760 murders this year,raising to 4,992 homicides in the Juárez area since 2008 when a drug cartel war erupted, according to a tally kept by the El Paso Times.
The war between the Sinaloa and Juárez drug cartels that began in January 2008 sparked an unprecedented wave of murder, including daytime street shootings, mutilations and massacres.
By comparison, the number of deaths in Juárez surpasses the 4393 members of the U.S. military who have died in the Iraq war since 2003.
In Arizona, they just passed a new law enabling authorities to rigorously enforce federal immigration laws because the state can’t handle all the illegal immigrants.
Without legal papers an immigrant now faces jail time, fines, and possible deportation.
California and other states face bankruptcy as they try to cope with the human flood.
“He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.
Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.”
(Deuteronomy 10:18–19 ESV)
“¶ “You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.”
(Exodus 22:21 ESV)
“You shall have the same rule for the sojourner and for the native, for I am the LORD your God.””
(Leviticus 24:22 ESV)
“Thus says the LORD: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.”
(Jeremiah 22:3 ESV)
All over the internet the usual representatives of the religious right are applauding the new Arizona law…should we?
How should the church respond to the flood of immigrants coming across our borders?
How do we deal with the sojourner among us?