Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, September 11, 2017
‘Dreamers’ Put Their Trust in DACA. What Now?
The headlines (rightfully so) are about hurricane Irma and the impact of this storm on the Caribbean and Florida. Another hurricane force affecting our country is the removal of DACA protection for Dreamers. Below is an article by Jose Vargas. I have copied some excerpts from Mr. Vargas’ article.
Past the Ferris wheel, a line of young immigrants snaked into the crowded hallways of an event space on Chicago’s Navy Pier. It was August 2012. I overheard two women wondering whether they should have showed up and gotten in the line, to apply for a new program that would let some undocumented people who had come to this country as children get a work permit.
“I don’t know if we should trust the government,” one of the women said.
“I don’t know, either,” the other replied. “But I really want to work and help my mom pay rent.”
It wasn’t your choice to come to America. But once you realize you’re here illegally, it becomes your choice to figure out who gets to know that.
Contradicting what the attorney general and the president have said in public, a White House talking points memo on DACA is making the rounds among my friends and colleagues, in group text messages and private Facebook groups. “The Department of Homeland Security urges DACA recipients to use the time remaining on their work authorizations to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States — including proactively seeking travel documentation — or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible,” the memo says. After reading it, a friend who’s a DACA recipient texted our group: “This is not a time for us to get fooled. This memo is telling us pack our bags.”
Vargas ends his article by asking, “Who can you trust?” He recalls a teacher who believed in him and supported him. Will people who read this blog be someone that a Dreamer can trust in this hurricane of their life?
Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Monday, September 11, 2017
Hosea 5.4 – Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. For the spirit of whoredom is within them, and they do not know the Lord.
Many of my spiritual friends classify themselves as alcoholics or addicts. They know that the key to their continued sobriety is a personal relationship with their Higher Power, whom my spiritual friends identify as Jesus.
They know that a “spirit of whoredom” resides in their inside condition. They have a physical problem that has a spiritual answer. They can not open the door to their addiction whatsoever and must remain true to God for the sake of their well-being.
The alcoholic or addict has an advantage over many Americans. The “spirit of whoredom” that resides in much of America is a hidden addiction to money, work, power, physical appearance, pleasing people and a litany of other issues. The addict or alcoholic is brought face-to-face with their issues. Hitting “bottom” allows them to change their mind about life and to return to God.
Prayers for Monday, September 11, 2017
Dear God, please help people impacted by Hurricane Irma and the Dreamers who have been affected by the ending of DACA.