“Show love to the foreigner, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt” (Deut. 10:19). This is just one of the many verses throughout scripture calling God’s chosen people to welcome foreigners and aliens. Living this verse does not mean you have to politically support a looser stance on immigration law. It just means that we treat those who are here with respect. It means that we allow them the courtesy of our sympathy during a time when they are uncertain about their futures. There are over 800,000 who are wondering if they will still have a job in the coming weeks, and this could be the least of their worries. Deportation is not off the table, and people could be forced to go back to a country they don’t even remember.
If you are interested in helping the Dreamers, obviously our first action should be to pray. Pray for God to reach out and bring the warring factions of our country together. Pray for healing to happen from within our own hearts. Pray that we will learn how to love and stand beside our fellow man. Pray that we learn how to work together. Outside of that, the best thing to do is to contact your local representatives and let them know you want them to find a way to pass legislation for the Dreamers and DACA. There are various organizations you can financially support and finding them is as simple as conducting a Google search. However, the real issue is a legislative one, and unless Congress can come to a consensus on the Dream Act then no solution will be found for DACA recipients. Here is a website that will give you information on your House Representative and how to contact them, and here is the information for your state Senators. Familiarize yourself with the options when it comes to the Dream Act. For example, if you want a solution for the Dreamers that does not include funding for a border wall, then ask your Senators to support a Clean Dream Act. If you are in favor of a border wall, but you also believe in providing a path to citizenship for the Dreamers, let your representatives know what you think a reasonable compromise would be.
Most of the country agrees that the Dreamers should get to stay here legally. Let’s focus on that. Let’s focus on what we agree on for once, instead of what we disagree on. That might be the only way we reach any solutions.
Rachel-Claire Cockrell is a wife, a writer, and a high school English teacher. She is passionate about her students and does her best to exemplify the love of Christ to those kids who may not experience it anywhere else. She and her husband live in Arkansas. Follow her blog at https://rachelclaireunworthy.com/ or on Facebook.
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