The Crisis We Are Creating

As we cross the border today, I’m struck by the predominance of FEAR.

Fear of “The Other” is fundamentally what drives the kind of policies we see now.

We must understand the real dynamic of the past two years:

1. While our immigration laws have needed reform for decades, there was never any “invasion.”

2. The new “metering” process that keeps migrants out of the US has CREATED a MUCH WORSE crisis along the border than ever before. The fear that created this Federal Government policy has —in a self-fulfilling way— created the crisis they told us existed before (but didn’t really, at the scale we are now).

3. Calling these policies “Migrant Protection Program” is offensive propaganda worthy of an Orwellian novel. We are not only NOT protecting migrants, we are HARMING them, predictably creating de facto tent cities at a size we’ve never experienced here along our border. This is a moral issue, regardless of your politics. We need preachers to speak against this. We need politicians to change the policies.

4. The current policies are *unsustainable* and will continue to create a violent and unhealthy situation along the border. WE —our Federal government— is creating this new crisis. And it will eventually also harm US citizens with unintended consequences.

God teaches us to FEAR NOT, even when we are told to be afraid. Even when there is danger.

These are moral issues for all of us as Americans.

Finally today, as I cross the border and see migrants living in squalor, because of our government’s policies, I think of my FB friend Noggy David Jaen. We’ve cycled around White Rock Lake together. A Salvadoran immigrant, he recently became a citizen, and has just today announced this joyful news online. It strikes me as a perfect example of hope and who we are called by God to be as a nation.

He is who we are CALLED to be.

The “metering” policies that are worsening the humanitarian crisis…

This is who we are.

May we have the courage to again become who we are called to be.

#pastorsinaction2019

#endfamilyseparation

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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