For the case of (documented or undocumented) immigrants, what might our "face to face" lens help us see?
- Might we see someone who came to the United States because they couldn’t find a way to feed their families in their home country?
- Might we see someone who is willing to come to the United States to do a job that many Americans won’t do?
- Might we see someone who came to the United States as a very young child with their parents? Someone who has lived their entire life in the US, gotten an education and are now holding down a job? (And while we're here, where exactly would we "send this person back" to, anyway?)
- And might Christians remember that forgiveness and mercy are appropriate responses to the offense of illegal immigration? Can we imagine ourselves saying, "do the hard work of becoming a citizen. Learn our history, contribute to our society, pay your taxes, go to church, obey the law. We forgive you, and welcome you."