Jesus said, “I was a stranger and you broke down my door, pointed a gun in my face and shot me.”
OK, Jesus didn’t really say that, but that is what a Chicago family experienced at 6:20 am on March 27, 2017, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents entered their home and seriously wounded a 53-year-old father. Here’s the problem: ICE agents had come to arrest someone in the house (not the man who was shot), but everyone who lived there was documented. The family has lived in the home for almost 30 years. ICE agents claim the man had a gun–a claim the family denies.
A Chicago City Council committee unanimously voted last week to renew Chicago’s status as a “Sanctuary City” which would prevent the Chicago Police Department from cooperating with ICE and other federal agencies. However, the measure does not prevent ICE from conducting raids on their own and allows cooperation under certain circumstances.
Question For Reflection
It is experiences such as this that make all immigrants and citizens of color so nervous. What actions could people of faith take to protect immigrants from these kinds of situations?
Is your community a “sanctuary” for immigrants and refugees? HERE is a list of all cities, counties and states identified by the Department of Homeland Security.