Who Is My Neighbor?

Q. When Jesus was asked, “Who is my neighbor?” He told the parable of the Good Samaritan. Being Americans, we are faced with this immigration issue. In my eyes, all should be welcome in the USA (just read the writings on the Statue of Liberty) and should receive the help they need to get a fresh start here. But how do we do that and still protect ourselves from those who only come here to do us harm?

A. In the past, those who immigrated to this country did so legally in the hope of making a better life for their families. They became US citizens and learned to speak our language. They put down roots and contributed to the growth of our society, prospering themselves along the way. Many immigrants still come into America this way and we need to respect, encourage, and even help them.

But when people enter the country illegally for the purpose of doing us harm that’s a different story.

The problem is, the way things are now it’s very difficult to tell the difference between the two. Our nation’s motto is E Pluribus Unum. It’s Latin for “Out of Many, One”. That means it was always intended that though we come from diverse backgrounds, we would all strive to become as one. Not African American, or Asian American, or Mexican American, but American. That’s a far cry from the admonition to respect diversity that we see today.

Our government doesn’t enforce our immigration laws, and our society no longer sees assimilation as a good thing. It’s as if we no longer think being an American is something special, so we’re willing to extend all of our hard earned rights and privileges to any one who comes along, even those who come to take as much as they can get without giving anything back, or are even dedicated to our destruction.

I think this is another indication that unless we’re willing to make the necessary changes in the way we think of ourselves, the America many of us grew up in will soon be just a fading memory.

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