She came from Mexico “sin permiso” with her first son and his father. Two more children and nearly two decades later, Maria is still unable to speak English. She is completely dependent upon others to provide her necessities.
I met this “illegal alien” only last month. A friend introduced us and asked that I be available to translate occasionally. That grew to a weekly effort to teach Maria English. This is complicated by the fact that she is illiterate in her own language. Thus, before she can learn a second, she first must learn to read and write in the first. It’s going to be a while before progress is seen in Maria’s life.
Last week Maria’s “husband” assaulted her, resulting in a call to 911, and now a separation. Since he was the one bringing home cash, unlawfully, Maria and her three children will now be entirely dependent on Social Services. Of course all government programs include Spanish language translation. Soon Maria will have more than enough of your tax dollars to buy food, clothes, and pay rent.
If you are feeling pressed by the challenges of providing for your family, at least you don’t need to lose sleep worrying about Maria. She is doing well. She doesn’t need a job, or an education, or any plans for the future. She will be adequately cared for by our generous government. And soon we can expect thousand of additional “Marias” to set up their homes here in our country. They only need to arrive and begin making demands. Our President will lecture us about our Christian responsibility to “welcome the sojourner,” and many of us will feel intimidated to silence regarding this very dangerous national invasion.
As a Christ-follower I have a compassion for Maria that has nothing to do with her immigration status. I recognize that she came here looking for a better life, and I can imagine doing the same thing if I were in her circumstances. While I believe it is wrong for her to have “taken” residency in a land without permission, I can separate the person from the crime, and still do all that I can to show her the love of Jesus.
I’ll stay involved with Maria for as long as possible, but I expect that she will drift away to another area and continue on exactly as she has become accustomed…full of expectation that others will provide.
“…there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’” (Deuteronomy 15:11/ESV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it.