May 22, 2019
Drew Griffin from Providence Magazine was back to talk about Iran and Israel – but if you listen to the end you’ll have the treat of hearing him preach.
Dr. John Tarwater joins Carmen for a deep dive into the realities on the U.S. southern border. Dr. Tarwater lived and worked in Guatemala and in the border town of McAllen, Texas. Today, the migrant detention center in McAllen is closed due to a flu outbreak that claimed the life of the fifth juvenile seeking asylum in the U.S. since December. Dr. Tarwater describes the circumstances he witnessed in Guatemala where 12000 people live in the largest landfill in the world. Yes, you read that right. They live in the landfill. The eat, sleep and raise their children in the garbage and refuse of others. So, while we certainly have the moral obligation to obey the laws of our own government, we also have the moral obligation to care for those who are in need.
Dr. Tarwater describes efforts by U.S. churches to serve and the need to serve the servants in I.C.E. and the Border Patrol.
For our part, we in the U.S. need to be on the look out for otherwise invisible neighbors who arrive in our cities as refugees, asylum seekers and new immigrants. Their motive? Life.