Immigration Demonstrations

Eye of the beholder

By Benito Juarez
Published on LatinoLA: April 6, 2006

Immigration Demonstrations

I will tell you what I have seen these last few days I saw two distinct demonstrations on two continents some here in the United States and some in France. I saw burning cars in France but none hear in the United States.

In the demonstrations here in the United States I too saw our beloved ?Stars and Stripes flag, the flag from Mexico and some flags from other countries (not many complaints about these flags). I saw children, parents and grand parents together in solidarity, my people the working class, they may not be sophisticated but they got the message heard. I saw the flags being a sign of solidarity as when I see German flags flying during October Fest and Ireland Flags flying during St. Patrick?s Day.

From publish reports the demonstrations included both US citizens and those without legal residency. This brought me a smile because I always enjoy seeing brothers helping brothers.

This reminds me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn't stop to help him. Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need. Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the "I" into the "thou," and to be concerned about his brother.

You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"

But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"

That's the question before us. The question is not, "If I stop to help the non-documented workers in need, what will happen to me?" The question is, "If I do not stop to help the non-documented workers, what will happen to him or her?" That's the question.

God bless all my brothers and sister that stood side by side with our brothers and sisters in need. When our judgment comes I know God will not discriminate by country of origin as men do.

Benito Juarez
Escondido, California 920025

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