Wanderers in a Strange Land

Wanderers in a Strange Land

I am a conservative, but I am not a Trump supporter. I have never been. In fact, I was an original Never Trump-er. I watched in horror as the party that I tended to identify with morphed into something unrecognizable. Something that Ronald Reagan would scoff at. Something that living former Republican presidents could not accept. But still, I was optimistic. I knew that, no matter what, Trump would bring something new and interesting to the table, and our country could use something fresh. I thought maybe he would surprise us all. I watched his inauguration with hope.

I didn’t know it was possible to create a path of destruction this quickly.

I have supported the plight of refugees for quite some time now. Immigration is a messier subject for me. I support legal immigration, however I believe illegal immigration is a major problem that needs to be fixed – fast. I was open to some sort of wall or fence or whatever else the president and Congress could jointly agree upon. Trump’s latest executive order, known as his “Extreme Vetting” order, is a twisted distortion of what the country needs.

Should there be some sort of vetting process in place for anyone coming into America from a country associated with terrorism? Yes. Is this the way to do it? Absolutely not. This is separating families and breaking hearts.

I am the great-granddaughter of a Mexican immigrant. I am proud to be one-sixteenth Mexican. If this policy had been in place seventy-or-so years ago, I would not be here today. My family would not exist, because my great-grandfather would not have been able to make the choice to come to America legally for a better life. It’s a good thing this policy was not in place way back in the 1600s, because then there would be a much bigger issue than my family not existing – America would not exist.

We are all immigrants.

I have written about Syrian refugees before. My heart is with them and continues to be broken by them. Tell me how we can stand as the world’s primary superpower and turn our back on people who are fleeing war? Children who are fleeing destruction they don’t understand? Because that is what is happening, in effect. We are turning our back. We are holding in our riches and our wealth and our blessings and saying that these things, like people, cannot cross our border.

“Jesus died to open up the gates of heaven. The least America can do is open up her borders to those who need shelter.”

– Mike Donehey 

I don’t care who you are, what color your skin is, what your religious beliefs are, or what country you are from. If you have no harmful intentions, then I would consider it a privilege to welcome you to my beloved country, and to the freedoms we have. I would gladly take the tired, poor, huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.

“For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger and ye took me in.”

– Matthew 25:35

The truth is, none of us are from here. None of us belong here. This is not our home. Our home is in Heaven. But our Heavenly Father gave us a beautiful world to live in during our necessary time here on earth. Could we not follow His example and do this for someone else?

“Now if this is boasting, even so will I boast; for this is my life and my light, my joy and my salvation, and my redemption from everlasting wo. Yea, blessed is the name of my God, who has been mindful of this people, who are a branch of the tree of Israel, and has been lost from its body in a strange land; yea, I say, blessed be the name of my God, who has been mindful of us, wanderers in a strange land.”

– Alma 26:36

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