JIM CREES: Whatsoever you do ...
So, the folks at FOX & Friends continue their fear-mongering with regard to the “hordes” of potential illegal immigrants amassing at the border and preparing to wreak doom and destruction on this nation.
Woe is us.
These “illegals” are not only draining our nation of (fill in your blank), they are most certainly milking the country, and especially border areas of much needed services — such as 911 emergency services. And they certainly bring with them the threat of (fill in your blank.)
The situation is incredible ... unexplainable ... and fraught with danger.
FOX news host Brian Kilmeade was horrified to learn some Texan communities were providing some emergency services through their 911 networks to people along the border “... even though for the most part, when you get there, you realize they’re not even American citizens.”
Just imagine being an emergency response worker and having to deal with a heart attack victim who wasn’t an American, or being “forced” to take care of a toddler who was dangerously dehydrated and at death’s door ... but not an American.
It simply isn’t right.
But FOX is on guard.
Kilmeade contacted a 911 official in Texas on July 23 and asked “What’s the deal?”
The good folks in Brooks County, Texas were being dangerously under-served by their emergency crews, he claimed, because “... not only are they understaffed and lacking resources, now they’ve got to deal with illegal immigrants who have no business being here.”
The two examples used by Kilmeade involved tapes from Spanish speaking callers to 911. The first was from a man who was obviously upset and saying his cousin was turning blue. The other was from a couple who called 911 saying they had not had water in three days.
Kilmeade was indignant.
“So those calls, you have to respond to, even though for the most part, when you get there you realize, they’re not even American citizens?” he asked incredulously.
These are calls to which you HAVE to respond. Not because they are Americans or not. Legal or not. Mexican or not.
There is a Law.
“The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst. I, the LORD, will answer them Myself, as the God of Israel I will not forsake them.” – Isaiah 41:17.
But for Kilmeade and others of his ilk (and there is no dearth of people like him) a little touch of compassion is more a burden than a responsibility.
And when it comes to dealing with the “sojourner in your land” (read, undocumented immigrant) it is far too easy to cherry-pick the Bible (especially when you want to condemn same-sex marriage) and way too convenient to ignore The Law when it discusses those pesky “illegals.”
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself ... I am the Lord your God.” — Leviticus 19:33-34.
Kilmeade and his fans come absolutely unglued when it comes to someone asking for help on the border, while The Book is very specific in its response to those in need.
“Give counsel; grant justice; make your shade like night at the height of noon; shelter the outcasts; do not reveal the fugitive; let the outcasts of Moab sojourn among you; be a shelter to them from the destroyer.” — Isaiah 16:3
“Be a shelter to them ...” But then, that’s all Old Testament stuff.
What would Jesus do?
“And He came to Nazareth, ... and stood up to read ... ‘The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He appointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden ...’ Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” — Luke 4:16-21.
And later He taught His followers by example:
“When he [Jesus] had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ he asked them. ‘You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.
‘I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.’” — John 13:12-17
And tell me if I’m wrong. Was it not Jesus who said:
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” — Matthew 25:35
So ... do we still really need to worry about answering 911 calls on the border?
How about doing the right thing?