While many in the church cry for immigrants who entered illegally being separated and detained at the southern border, they should be reminded that those wanting into the United States have placed themselves and their family in that precarious position. 

Meanwhile, in Oregon in particular, many parents and children are separated by the government, often for crimes they did not commit and plead innocent for. Every time children are present while a crime is being committed the children are taken into custody of the state. Whenever a parent is arrested they are separated from their family and not even allowed the freedom of untimed visits to communicate with them. Often the children in custody are placed into foster homes, sometimes resulting in malevolent treatment.

Why are they not worthy of the same concern as throngs of people flooding the border?

Dennis Carmody