Let’s be clear: Trump is taking advantage of a significant and devastating humanitarian issue to fear-monger Americans into voting for conservative candidates. The arrival of the caravan to the U.S. border is still a couple weeks away, while our heated mid-term elections are only three days away. His declaration of the caravan’s arrival as an “invasion” is inaccurate, an emergency is premature, and his characterization of these poor asylum-seekers as “violent” is bleak and wholly unfair.
We know, though, that his words are intentional, and that the motive of his administration is not to secure “precious resources” for “the poorest Americans who need them most” but to stoke fear in the election booth.
Scripture is also clear: We must not take advantage of or further oppress the powerless—the poor, widow, orphan, the aged, the stranger—but must instead care for, lift up, and prioritize their well-being and wholeness. The caravan does indeed have great faith: they are hoping for a miracle from God, that Trump’s heart will be changed, that they will be able to find safety and fulfillment in the U.S. We must also speak out against Trump's violent rhetoric, reminding one another that his call for the military to shoot the asylum-seekers should they throw rocks stands in blatant opposition of the way of God.