Monday there may be two or three million immigrants who take a day off from work ... possibly more. Some cities (like Los Angeles) will feel the impact of this event more than others. I've heard a lot of criticism, but it seems very American to say, "OK, You don't think we make a worthwhile contribution, let's see what you think if we stop it for a day."
Immigrants (even the legal ones) no longer get any kind of welfare assistance from government. What they get from the private sector is very limited; nothing to live on. They come to work and they do not spend their time sitting around. If our economy did not need them, then there would be no magnet attracting them.
Frankly, we have created this problem ourselves. The largest problem (about 80% of the "illegals") is in the Southwest along a border that the U.S. established by force (in 1848) running it right through established routes for trade, labor migration and family connections. It is unnatural and inhumane to expect the local residents on both sides of that border to not move back and forth across it for common reasons such as finding a job and visiting family. Our forefathers made a mess; we need to find a just and compassionate way to live with it. The other 20% of the problem is largely due to the capricious, unprofessional and slow bureaucracy that administers the paperwork necessary to come into the U.S. We should all be ashamed of procedures that make people wait for years to reunite families and anybody, if they can just take a deep breath and get a grip on their feelings for a minute, can understand why a person faced with the prospect of being separated from their loved ones for long periods would just over-stay their visa. There have been a number of cases recently in which respected Christian scholars were hired from overseas by American universities and they were refused visas, and there is zero accountability. The anonymous bureaucrats who make these horrible decisions are not subjected to any examination. None of the usual checks and balances are built into this system. Some of this official behavior is simply unAmerican and nothing is done to deal with it. Under that kind of provocation, of course people break the law; its not about real crime where someone gets hurt, it is a bureaucratic paperwork violation.
Except for the less than 2% of Americans who are the remaining remnant of the people who lived here when the forefathers of the rest of us arrived, all of us are the sons and daughters of immigrants! My great-grandfather arrived from Sweden in 1881. My name (Sahlin) indicates that he was from among the poor. The only skills he brought with him were those of hard-scrabble farming. Who has the moral right to close the door when the negative result that some people are so afraid of is that we will have to share with some more refugees like our grandparents?
Of course, it is natural to feel, "I got mine; throw the others out." But, that's the point, it is the natural (sinful, evil, unjust) response. It is not the Christ-like response. It is not the response based on Bible values.
The tragedy of all this is that America could easily protect itself against a large number of people coming over the southern border simply by investing in an adequate economic development program south of that border. President Kennedy told us all that in 1961. We've wasted 45 years; enough time to have made a significant difference in the flow. "When will we ever learn?"
Sometimes it takes great discipline to do what Jesus would do. This is one of those times!