If an 8-year-old child showed up at your door, alone, what would you do? I know what I would do, I would ask her what she needs and if she said she was lost, I would invite her in, call the police and give her a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
If three children, ages 7, 12, and 13 showed up, what would you do?
What if 11 children, ages 3 to 15 showed up?
And then what would you do if 63, children showed up, or 150?
And if the police said they couldn’t come because they were busy find places for the 78 kids they already picked up.
Would you scramble to get more peanut butter and jelly? Would you regret taking in the first child? Would you try to figure out why there were so many displaced children?
Children keep coming to our borders because we have a reputation for caring. Most of them have relatives in the United States but the numbers are overwhelming and we are in the midst of the covid crisis.
Rather than lock the door, we need to feed them, attend to their health needs, and find their families. We also need to discover where they came from and why they fled.
They are children, for God’s sake! Have a heart!