I spent over 20 years of my life volunteering for a Christian pro-life organization. During this time, many lives of unborn children were saved due to the love and care the Christian volunteers showed the moms. Often, women arrived at the center pregnant, broken and hopeless, wondering how they could afford to feed and care for another child when they could hardly care for themselves. However, these women were showered with love, care and resources that enabled them to think about giving their unborn child a chance at life. Once a mom chose life for her baby, she was placed in a loving environment with other moms who were all learning to care for their child during their pregnancy and after birth. As they learned, they earned opportunities to buy baby supplies, which were all donated to the organization by churches and Christian individuals supporting the center’s cause and the pro-life movement.
Today, approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants reside in the United States. It is presumed that most arrived in this country hungry, poor, and broken. They came to this country, leaving poverty stricken family and loved ones behind. Along the way, they risked their lives hoping to make a better life for themselves and their families.
Approximately 51% of undocumented immigrants are women, many whom have given birth to children since arriving in this country. Yet, while the pregnant moms at the pro- life organization are showered with love to provide life for their unborn child, the undocumented immigrants in this country are showered with hate. They are forced to live in fear and intimidation as they are hunted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). For me, this is an eerie reminder of how runaway slaves were hunted by bounty hunters.
Does anybody see a problem with this? Does anybody care that, like slavery, the family unit gets severed through deportation? Who is going to care for the American born children left behind due to deportation? Are the lives of the women and children helped at the prolife organization more important than the lives of the undocumented women and their children?
These are questions I’m asking myself. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother or sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” (I John 4:20-21)