Today on the Border

Today, we cross the border to see the violence/damage that the “metering” policy has wrought.

God calls us to love the neighbor as we love ourselves. To have one law for the migrant and the citizen.

Instead, we created a new “metering” that is subjecting migrants, Mexicans, AND US CITIZENS to new and dangerous crime and squalor along the border.

It also adds to the fear of our Latinx citizens, who (like in El Paso) are now targets of racial hatred in ways that cause fear and insecurity.

Texans especially have always understood how much we coexist with our friends to the South. For example, my Mother-in-law was born here in the RGV, in a town a few miles from where it sit now. Her Father lived in Mexico at the time of his death. Meanwhile, my Father-in-law traces part of his lineage five generations back onto Texas.

The point is, for decades many of us who live in Texas has worked hard to create a multi-racial society that coexists, respects, and supports each other.

Now, our Federal Government is creating fear, even among our citizens.

We have coexisted for decades.

We never *had* a crisis on the Border before. But we do NOW.

WE have *created* this crisis.

This is who America is.

It is our moral shame.



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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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