It’s a sad day in a cold heart when people can’t wrap their minds around the simple thought that all people are created equal. Just think about that for a minute. All people are created equal. So what makes the difference? Well, for those of us born in the United States we may not really know what that difference is, but the comfort we live in surely does. While there is suffering in this great country much of it has to do with the same thing – man’s inhumanity to man – namely through greed.
Flor is not a woman that has more than she needs. She’s simply asking for a path through life that allows her to experience the same comfort we all take for granted. As I see it she’s stopped her life in order to speak out for others. So few would actually do that – so few.
Illegal immigrant speaks about life in sanctuary – Belleville News Democrat
By SOPHIA TAREEN
Associated Press Writer
Flor Crisostomo stands before the worn wooden pews of the storefront church and tells the visiting students that she doesn’t regret paying a smuggler to get her across the border.
The 29-year-old illegal immigrant has defied a deportation order to Mexico, where her three children live, – by seeking sanctuary at the Adalberto United Methodist Church for the past six months.
In this article Flor is asked a number of questions about her being in this country illegally and her desire to help effect change.
She states that trade policies with the U.S. have helped create the poverty to our south which I have to agree with. In addition she states that immigration is not being talked about because politicians are afraid to touch the issue. Personally I believe it’s because the nativist sentiment is very loud and angry while the many that believe in human rights get drowned out. It’s like the guy everyone tries to avoid at work because he’s a grouch. This is how they approach the angry nativists.
Another separate article appeared in Sundays Daily Record on Crisostomo:
Immigration treats church sanctuary carefully – Daily Record
By SOPHIA TAREEN • Associated Press • July 13, 2008
CHICAGO — Everyone knows where Flor Crisostomo lives, even the federal immigration officials who have ordered her deported to Mexico. The reason they haven’t detained her is her address —
Another woman famously took refuge in that church as she championed immigration reform, and at least 13 other illegal immigrants are doing the same at churches around the country. So far, they have little to fear.
I felt much safer knowing that Julie Myers would go into a church to apprehend an ax murderers. As she stated in the article:
I am personally not aware of an instance when ICE has gone into a church. That being said, if there was a particular, extremely egregious, ax murderer or something else, that’s not to say we would not enforce the law at that time.
This is sadly the kind of ridiculousness we have to hear when we’re fighting for the rights of people in need. Rather than give a real example of a true criminal Myers gives us the image of a crazed Lizzy Borden. Truly there are real criminals out their that ICE could be apprehending, such as gang members, but they’re not as easy to apprehend since they generally don’t punch a clock the same time every day.
At least I take some solace in knowing that Crisostomo isn’t being hunted by a terrible system of injustice – though she is being watched.
Of course it wasn’t too long ago that ICE was going to schools in California even though we learn from this article:
Since the 1970s the unwritten rule has been “no churches, no playgrounds, no schools,” said Meissner, now a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington.
It may not be too much longer before nothing is sacred – those in need or the church itself.