To the Editor:
I attended the Troy and Enon, Ohio, town halls with Congressman Warren Davidson on April 11 and April 18. I was pushed on my way out from the first town hall in Troy by a man wearing a red “Make America Great” hat. At the second town hall in Enon, I mentioned to my Congressman that I had been pushed. He did not show much empathy. My Congressman’s answer was “I hope the guy that pushed you apologizes. My office didn’t push you. We didn’t host the event.” Direct quote from my congressman!
I then asked him about immigration and citizenship. He says he doesn’t think all babies born in the US should be granted citizenship, only if their parents are US citizens. But in my view, the 14th Amendment makes our country great because it grants citizenship and equal rights to all babies born in our country — regardless of ancestry or heritage. This amendment was introduced after a very bloody civil war to make sure all babies born here have equal rights (including babies whose parents used to be slaves)
Finally, he doesn’t answer my last question: If he is so proud of his Christian heritage, why doesn’the welcome and help immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers like Maribel Trujillo? Maribel is from his district, but deported April 19. “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a foreigner and you welcomed me. Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
It is sad to see the lack of empathy and compassion. I am hoping to see a change in heart. I am hoping our congressman does a better job at representing us by making sure the laws of our land do not contradict divine laws. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. “
To me this includes all neighbors. It includes Maribel Trujillo. It includes all babies born in our country.
“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” #PrayAndAct
— Sylvia Pacheco McGuire