Immigration–Where Do We Stand?

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

“A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.”

Speech on pulpit, Selma, AL, March 8, 1965
Martin Luther King

A enjoyed watching a new naturalized immigrant I met on our boat ride last Friday from Stehieken to Chelan. I asked permission from her mother to take a photo of her daughter.

This little girl was part of a contingent on our boat that just became naturalized US citizens at a Luthern camp above Lake Chelan called Holden Village. The camp hosted the event for a group of nearly 30 Mexican immigrants who live in rural Washington, most of whom work to get produce to our tables. They did several days of citizenship classes with immigration officials who came up to the camp. It was exciting to see a church boldly do this in our current political climate. I had a great visit with the volunteer coordinator.

“I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Mt.25:36.