Pastor Kevin Jobe’s Cincinnati Post editorial
Will it lead us to large scale raids for “criminals” which net overwhelming majorities of people whose only crime has been to overstay a visa because they love the USA? Last week, it did. Will we coerce, mislead, and lie to these men and women (without criminal history) we have rounded up in order to force their signatures on deportation papers? Last week, we did. Will we become so bent on carrying out “law enforcement” that we are willing to trash the spirit of our own US Constitution, spit on the Statue of Liberty and then raise ourselves up as champions of the American way? Last week, that happened. Shame on us all.
There is no question that our immigration policies need major reparations, but our current course of action is insanity. If this goes unchecked, the world’s greatest defender of human rights will go down in the annals of history in a manner that will not read well. Alongside the Trail of Tears and the shiploads of slaves, we’ll be known for the mass deportation of 11 million people and their children. The last world leaders to do this on such a level were named Stalin and Hitler. Is this what we want for the greatest country on earth?
Please don’t let this stand! Raise your voice! Call your US Representative or Senator, State Senator or Representative, the office of ICE or Governor Strickland and insist that this madness stops. What in the world is wrong with us?
Pastor Kevin Jobe
A United Methodist Congregation in Norwood