In the Church in cooperation with Annunciation House we are doing our best to house as many as we can and we have been receiving 300-400 a day depending upon volunteer efforts and whatever resources we have. We have sent out messages to all our parishes asking them to make available more volunteers and facilities.
Our government has a responsibility when it takes these refugees into custody to provide for their basic needs. We do as much for death row inmates. With the recent deaths of two young children, the accounts of mistreatment in holding cells and the heartless expulsion of these families an undeniable picture is coming into focus and it is not one of which we Americans can be proud.
Families from Central America are fleeing to our country because it presents the only hope to escape the endemic violence and hunger they are facing. Who among us if faced with similar circumstances would not do the same for our family? But instead of helping to improve the situation in their home country, a situation which our nation has contributed to in many ways, especially by our affection for illegal drugs, we mistreat those who seek refuge here so badly that it is hoped others will not come. The truth is they are running for their lives. They will take whatever risks necessary. Meanwhile we who are citizens of this most wealthy nation in the world are going to have to deal with the consequences of our hardened hearts. Clearly this Christmas the newborn Savior will find no room.
Bp. Mark J. Seitz