This week’s Sunday Detroit Free Press had a thought-provoking column in the issue of comprehensive immigration reform by Brian Dickerson. I highly recommend reading it in its entirety, but here’s a brief excerpt:
I understand the argument that those who partake of public services should bear their fair share of the cost — although I suspect that, on a per-capita basis, Michigan’s 50 highest-paid corporate chief executive officers consume a larger share of government benefits, and avoid a higher percentage of their ostensible tax burden, than the state’s undocumented workers. But where do those of us lucky enough to be born in this country get off expressing so much moral indignation toward those who weren’t — even when they skirt U.S. immigration laws in pursuit of economic security?
It was a third-generation Texan named George W. Bush that political gadfly Jim Hightower had in mind when he described a fellow “born on third base who thinks he hit a triple.” But Hightower might have been talking about any American, as seen from the vantage point of a hundred less prosperous nations.
I just thought this was something I wanted to think about a little more, since during a segment of our congregational meeting over the weekend, we heard from several undocumented immigrants about the hardships they face.