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Texas church reaches out to migrants … so what’s the problem?

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Texas church reaches out to migrants … so what’s the problem?

Texas church reaches out to migrants … so what’s the problem?
March 18
14:26 2019

It was one of those heartwarming stories we often see on television – average Americans reaching out to help those in need. We are, by all measure, one of the – if not THE – most compassionate, generous and caring people on earth. It is a significant part of our American exceptionalism. It is the reason that we have sent billions of dollars in emergency relief to the people of other nations in times of catastrophe – even nations that are our adversaries on the world stage. It is the reason that we spent billions of dollars re-building the nations we defeated in World War II with such things as the Marshall Plan – in contrast to the Russian occupation and rape of East Europe.

According to the CNN report, the member of the Caminos de Vida Church of El Paso, Texas organized a relief program to help those who recently crossed the border.

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We should be clear, this is not a story about the problems at the border, illegal crossing, catch-and-release, drug cartellians, human traffickers or any of the other hot-topic political issues. Those issues need yet to be resolved. It is not a story to condone illegal border crossing.

Instead, it is a story of a reality – that fact that tens of thousands of people have entered the United States at the El Paso border without adequate food, medicine, clothing, and shelter.

The folks of Caminos de Vida and others in the community have stepped in to solicit donations of food, clothing, and medicine. They have set up an ad hoc cafeteria to feed the men, women, and children on-site. They have received tons of clothes of all sizes to hand out. In one case, a young boy was given shoes to replace those he lost in the mud on the riverbank.

God bless the people of El Paso for their kindness and demonstrating what we Americans are all about.

So, what is wrong with this story?

It is how the story was politically interpreted – nay, misinterpreted – by CNN. In short, everything that was going at the Church was because of President Trump and his border policies. It was reported as a failure of the federal government to act – to do its job. Really?

In a sense, the slanted news report was an insult to the people of El Paso because the story suggests that they provided this humanitarian charity because they had to do so. They were not motivated by an initial desire to help the thousands of people who were flooding their community but were only motivated by feeling they had no choice. It was not an act of love, but an act borne out of desperation and anger. Bull***t!

Following the logic of the CNN report, it was not even the responsibility of the El Paso or Texas governments to step in even though the human crisis was within their borders. This is just another example of the topsy-turvy world of liberal-think – where an increasingly intrusive federal government must be the first choice to handle all situations. Just the opposite of what the Founders intended when they wisely established a “federated” system in which most power and duties belonged to the states and the people.

For more than seven decades we have seen – and studies have proven – that federal involvement in welfare issues has dramatically diminished the efforts of local communities, churches, volunteer organizations and individuals in meeting human needs close to home. We irrationally place more and more welfare in the hands of a government that is most expensive, most wasteful, most corrupt, most inefficient and least responsive to we the people.

There is also great irony in liberal-think in this situation. CNN was literally calling on the Trump administration to deal with this humanitarian crisis at the El Paso border at the same time CNN hosts and panelists are consistently calling it a made-up crisis. You cannot have it both ways – but that is how propaganda press works.

So, I say kudos to the folks in El Paso for seeing a problem existing in their community and doing something to help. Most of those crossing the borders are not evil people or hardened criminals. What they are doing is wrong – and we cannot allow it to continue – but that is not the issue in El Paso at the moment. The folks in El Paso reflect the biblical admonition to love the sinner even if you do not embrace the sin. They are just doing what a good Christian community does – as do other religious communities. Apparently, CNN is too politically jaded to have even recognized that reality.
So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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20 Comments

  1. BlackCloud
    BlackCloud March 18, 19:59

    Only a Good Christian should NEVER toot their own horn at the “Good” they do, least of all in a political venue. It robs the charity from the nobility of the action.

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  2. Frank Aguilera
    Frank Aguilera March 19, 19:28

    There are solutions to the immigrant crisis. For one, the U.S.. government should take concrete measures aimed at the leaders of the countries of origin of all migrants. For example, freezing their bank accounts in the U.S. and denying them entry visas. And that means doing so not only against declared enemies like the Venezuelan government, but all others as well. Why can´t the State Department tell those leaders to invest in creating employment, education and health care for their impoverished peoples. That would certainly put a stop to illegal immigration, just try it and you will see. But the real question is, why is this point is never made by neither Leftists, nor Right wingers. Both are probably too scared of stepping on the toes of multinational corporations who, in cahoots with those corrupt leaders who rely on the cash transfers of their immigrants to stay in power, live off those lands rich in natural resources, including excess populations that have to leave to serve as cheap labor elsewhere. How about we start to talk turkey and offer real solutions, instead of the usual litany of politically loaded, but otherwise empty, rhetoric.

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  3. William
    William March 19, 19:48

    I can see them helping people entering our country LEGALLY, but the illegals should be sent BACK to Mexico ASAP. Let their country take care of them NOT the American TAXPAYERS.

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  4. Katie
    Katie March 19, 19:50

    This article tells of only one example of those who exist who have big enough hearts extending help to those who need it without allowing anything other than that dictate over compassion.

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  5. Spirit of the Fighting 69th
    Spirit of the Fighting 69th March 19, 20:26

    Now that they’ve given the border jumpers some sustinance they can go back home to Mexico and points south.

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  6. Dr. John
    Dr. John March 19, 20:37

    Once again a light is shined on a situation that is based upon fact and on reality and not the warped, twisted fake information that passes today as ‘news’.

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  7. dymmot
    dymmot March 19, 20:39

    Why, when a person or a group of people do something good or bad, does it have to have some political association????? This article was a very good article of good people but with all the good in it, all was spoiled and degraded by the mention of politics and liberals in it…. those could have been left out and the story would have been excellent.

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    • Nicki
      Nicki May 30, 00:54

      I agree! Larry slants a generous, charitable act of a community by turning it into a chance to slam CNN. I’ve spent my life working as a volunteer in the streets of Los Angeles to give a hand up to those who are in need. Today, this kind of activity would be labeled with some kind of liberal political agenda.

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  8. AngB
    AngB March 19, 20:47

    10,000 of thousands? WRONG! There are closer to 35 MILLION illegal aliens in this country. Whoever says this guy is a conservative activist…probably called John McCain, Paul Ryan, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski…GOOD CONSERVATIVES TOO! BULL. The writer of this article isn’t a conservative…and I’m UNSUBSCRIBING to this outlet now!

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  9. 개미
    개미 March 19, 21:35

    You said it Mr. Horist, “THE – most compassionate, generous and caring people on earth”, as evidenced by the USA’s treatment of its blacks and natives, and by the fact that many American tourists need to hide behind Canadian labels when travelling overseas.
    Get real, this compassion is being shown by one church whose members are mainly Mexican-American.

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    • thinkr2
      thinkr2 March 19, 21:59

      What other nation can compare with the Peace Corps, Red Cross, money, food, clothing, etc. that Americans have sent overseas?

      EVERY society in the world has a history of slavery and oppression. The UK and US were the FIRST to officially outlaw slavery and slavery is STILL practiced in some other countries without penalty.

      The churches in my area are not “mainly Mexican-American” and they also encourage donations and service to immigrants and refugees, legal and ILLEGAL.

      And nearly all of the Hispanic Americans I know are NOT in favor of ILLEGAL immigration.

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      • James
        James March 20, 15:35

        Mexico outlawed slavery before the US. That was one of the issues in Texas Independence.

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    • Guest23
      Guest23 March 19, 22:07

      SPOt-ON !! Here’s a solution — send them BACK !!

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    • Olivia
      Olivia March 20, 13:50

      So, in other words, you are saying that the church members are not real Americans ?

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    • Olivia
      Olivia March 20, 21:37

      In other words, you are saying that the church members are not real Americans.

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    • WilZ
      WilZ March 21, 16:05

      Bravo!!! Bravo!!!
      Yes, this is the real reality!

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    • WilZ
      WilZ March 21, 16:06

      Bravo – bravo!!!
      Yes, this is the real reality!

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    • Kirk the Kalm
      Kirk the Kalm March 21, 19:15

      I’m a native American (Cherokee) whose ancestors were on the “Trail of Tears.” I have no animosity toward America, nor do I seek reparations for the mistreatment of my forefathers and the confiscation of their land. Because I was not willing to be a victim and was willing to work, my life today is certainly much, much better than it would have been had those events, as undeserved as they were, not happened. I have found America, as a whole, the leader in world compassion. Are only Mexican-American churches compassionate? Does American have a perfect history? Of course not. Will there be mistakes continually made? Of course. If Americans are so cruel why are so many citizens of other countries risking everything to come here, both legally and illegally? Having laws, respecting them and enforcing them is compassionate…to those who are American citizens.

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  10. David
    David March 20, 01:39

    Empathy and Sympathy both tend to come into play in similar circumstances and are almost equally denied and rebuffed by the leftist destructive media and their playmates in the anti-democracy party currently holding Congress in contempt.
    May God bless all those sincere Christian people who know it is their duty to not turn a blind eye on the desperately needy, and Larry Horist who still shows the courage to write about it.

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  11. OldSchool
    OldSchool March 20, 14:59

    Your ‘take’ on this church’s benevolence is completely skewed. Sorry. The Church members are helping their own and facilitating he crime of illegal immigration. To equate this with the Marshall Plan is ludicrous. A more equivalent simile would be to have the US government help the country of Mexico AFTER we end the invasion of our country. The Marshall Plan was not implemented until after hostilities had ceased. Imagine the silliness of helping the Nazis to destroy us during the war and that is exactly what this Church is doing now. As heartless as it may seem, the most humane thing we can do is defeat this enemy quickly and then get on with the business of fixing he underlying problems that encourage illegal immigration in he first place.

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