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Tony Woodlief on the Littlest Immigrants:

I don’t think they love their children any less than I love my own, which tells me something about what their lives must be like, to send their babies away. Their children stream northward in droves — as many as 60,000 this year — and we don’t want them. We don’t want their skin lesions and their hungry bellies, we don’t want their parents and aunts and uncles likely to follow, we don’t want them taking our jobs and clogging our classrooms and driving without insurance on our roads. We have no place for them in our country and certainly not in our hearts.

And yet:

What if, instead of greeting the federal agents with protest signs, we greeted them with petitions? Give us these children. We will feed them, we will clothe them, we will give them shelter. We will teach them and we will pray over them. Their parents, God help them, sent them away, and now here we stand to make good on the faith or hope or desperation in which those mothers and fathers sent them forth. Give us these children, and we will find a way. We will show mercy, because while we can scarcely agree between ourselves on anything else, we agree that the kingdom of heaven includes a hand stretched out in love.

It’s utterly impractical, I know. But how have we done so far, Christians, with practicality? For Christ’s sake, let’s not be known for our practicality.

Yeah, I know, I know: we’re being played for chumps by our wicked (no other word applies) government. Think in terms of a Higher Authority.



  1. Roger Green »

    6 July 2014 · 4:54 am

    Interesting. I’m fascinated how people wait months and spend thousands of dollars getting children from China or Ethiopia, and yet…

  2. Tatyana »

    6 July 2014 · 12:53 pm

    That’s an absolutely disgusting example of tearjerking manipulation.
    People who send “their babies northward” are Christians, too, nes pa? Then let him preach to them, to remind them of their Christian responsibility to cloth and educate their progeny – not us.

    Federal agents allowing and encouraging this abhorrent behavior to happen do not deserve “petitions” – they should be given the boot.
    As to rest – read this by my friend Gerard Perry.

  3. Tatyana »

    6 July 2014 · 12:56 pm


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