The Wall, The People, and The President: Let’s Have the Conversation

Red Letter Christians | 3/14/2018 | Jon Huckins
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Yesterday, President Trump made his first visit to California since his inauguration. One of his campaign promises was to build a wall on the southern border, and contractors having been submitting bids for the project ever since. There are now only eight contractors in the running to win the bid, and they have each built a prototype of their wall down here on our border.

As a proud resident of San Diego — a dynamic and diverse border city — and a faith leader who follows Jesus, I’m deeply saddened that the president’s visit to my city isn’t to spend time with the people, but with prototypes.

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I’m not writing to stoke partisan politics. That’s not helpful, inspiring, or reflective of where I put my hope and allegiance. I am writing as one who is more concerned with the wellbeing of the people in our city than the height of a prototype.

A people who don’t see the border as a burden to bear, but a gift to embrace.

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A people reflecting the beautiful diversity of our country and God’s global kingdom.

A people deeply committed to the flourishing of our communities and those within them.

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A people who need to be heard and to lead the way in discerning what is best of our city and bi-national reality.

We can disagree on policy, but at the very least, we have to understand the implications of our policy on real people. I have found that unless we have looked into the eyes of those impacted, it is impossible to understand.

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So, President Trump, I personally invite you to come down to the borderlands with me in Tijuana and San Diego and meet the people directly impacted by the stroke of your pen.

I am the Cofounding Director of the Global Immersion Project —...
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