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Provide sanctuary to undocumented immigrants

Letter to the Editor

05/19/2017 | Comments

Today we in the United States face many different crisis from caring for our families, working at our jobs to reaching out and helping our neighbors.

One of the crisis that many of don’t see but surrounds us with some of the workers we work with, people we shop with or who are children go to school with or people we may see in many other types of places are the illegal immigrants that are in and part of our communities.  These folks are just like us.  They have the  same needs, suffer many of the same pains, watch their children grow as we watch are children do the same. The only difference between them and us is that they are here illegally.  They live every day at a very high level of anxiety, stress and fear knowing that at any minute that feared knock on the door will come and they will start the process of being deported back to their country of origin, possibly having to leave their children behind because they were born in the USA.

What can we do? As Catholics we can offer our prayers, we can provide food to the different food pantries in our communities but one thing that the Catholic Church has not done in this diocese is open the parish doors and offer sanctuary to these folks in our churches.  Yes it would require work, groups in each parish coming together formulating plans of actions and putting in place these plans.  You may ask the question why? In Matthew 25:40 Christ says “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”  Can we sit back and look at these people, our brothers and sisters, and politically say we cannot or should not do any thing for them?  Is that the teaching of our Catholic Church?  Is that social justice?

Now is the time to start a process of preparing our churches to house these folks. Now is the time every parish should start the process of planning on how they will receive and house these folks, how you will feed them. I believe in the now, this minute in time. We cannot afford to let the minutes go by.  We must act now and establish the process of sanctuary in our parishes, in our churches.

                Thomas Whelan

                Colorado Springs

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