During the winter of 1918-1919, there was a severe food shortage in Vienna, due to the First World War that had just ended. Many parents, unable to see their children starve, put them on trains bound for The Netherlands where food was plentiful, hoping that the Dutch would have compassion for the hungry children.
My reason for bringing this up is the contrast with the treatment being given at our borders to children from Central America sent here to find refuge from the drug cartels’ wars that are the unintended (I hope they are unintended) consequences of our own failed drug policies. The media coverage showing people banging the American flag against the bus and screaming racial epithets at the terrified children and their mothers stand in horrific contrast to the response of the Dutch in the winter of 1918-1919.
The way the Dutch responded should put us Americans to shame! Every single child was taken in by a Dutch family and given food, shelter and an education. (Incidentally, one of the children taken in by a Dutch family was Miep Geis who is remembered for the help and protection she later gave to Anne Frank and her family.)
It is ironic that these very people, these so-called “Christians”, who try to use the Bible to justify their other bigotries (e.g. their venomous hate for LGBT people), and who seem especially fond of the Book of Leviticus in justifying their bigotry, should forget this passage from Leviticus: "When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt." (Leviticus 19:33-34)
If we want to truly live up to the values that we profess as Americans it behooves us to take a lesson from the Dutch and profit by their example. Otherwise we might as well remove Emma Lazarus’ inscription—“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of our teeming shore. Send these, the homeless tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”—from the Statue of Liberty!