Shortly before Thanksgiving, President Trump pardoned two turkeys, as is a presidential tradition. That declaration wasn’t controversial like his pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio in August.
Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt for knowingly violating a federal judge’s order, which said individuals could not be detained simply because they were undocumented. He’s notorious for being anti-Hispanic. The president’s pardon of him was another way in which he has divided the country.
The president should be an example to the nation, not fight with its people as he so often does. He needs to be known for his care to the poor, particularly poor immigrants and refugees who have no one to look after them.
We need to remember the children, especially those from violent and war-torn areas who have lived through horror in their life that no one should have to experience.
As we enter the Christmas season, we should remember that Mary and Joseph couldn’t find a place for her to have her baby. They were turned away in their time of need.
We shouldn’t make that same mistake today. We should be building shelters and caring for people who are homeless, regardless of their immigration status.
If you look at the president’s tweets, they’re never expressing care for anyone. His life just revolves around him. That’s not the message of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The holiday season is a time to thank God and to share. We should all remember that, including President Trump.
by Monsignor William J. Linder