Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, April 2, 2018
Venting on Immigration, Trump Vows ‘No More DACA Deal’ and Threatens Nafta
President Trump, blaming Democrats and the Mexican government for an increasingly “dangerous” flow of illegal immigrants, unleashed a series of fiery tweets on Sunday in which he vowed “NO MORE DACA DEAL” and threatened to walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Minutes after wishing the nation a happy Easter Sunday, Mr. Trump denounced “liberal” laws that he said were preventing Border Patrol agents from doing their jobs. He said that Republicans should use the “nuclear option” to sidestep Democratic opposition in the Senate and enact “tough laws NOW.”
It was unclear whether the president’s tweets represented any change in his immigration policy, or were just the sort of venting he is known to do after reading a newspaper article or seeing a television program. The president, who spent much of his holiday weekend golfing with supporters and watching television, was apparently reacting to a “Fox and Friends” segment on immigration that had aired minutes before.
Whatever his intention, Mr. Trump’s Twitter outburst captured the fickle tendencies that have driven his policy positions on immigration. On one hand, he has suggested at times that he is open to extending citizenship to millions of undocumented people. On the other hand, he has denounced those who have entered the country illegally as brutal criminals and raged about lax enforcement that he said had allowed immigrants to pour into the country.
In his tweets, Mr. Trump referred to “caravans” of immigrants heading north toward the United States-Mexico border — a subject that was addressed on the Fox program. A group of hundreds of Central Americans has been traveling through Mexico toward the United States, where some hope to seek asylum or sneak across the border. A reporter for BuzzFeed has been traveling with the group as it makes its way north.
(The article continues in the New York Times on-line.)
Reading from the Gospel of John for Monday, April 2, 2018
I read the above article yesterday, sitting in church while waiting for a Spanish speaking congregation to begin their Easter services. If the so called “caravan” of people coming to our country looked like the friends I was joining for an Easter celebration, I’d love to see multiple caravans like them.
Our country is blessed to have immigrants from all parts of the world. Immigration appears to be a world-wide problem. That is clear to anyone who is aware of world events. However, immigration is also an opportunity for the country that receives them. How do leaders embrace the opportunity and minimize the problems?
Jesus had this to say to all who attended Easter services yesterday – including the leaders of our nation: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8.12). Let’s pray for our leaders and ourselves that we will follow the direction of Jesus and experience his life. Let’s pray that our leaders will be life-giving in their leadership of our country.
Prayers for Monday, April 2, 2018
Dear God, may we all walk in your light, so you can give us life.