A San Diego family is getting death threats for hosting an immigrant family from Guatemala.
Mark Lane told ABC 10—San Diego’s local ABC affiliate—that he has no position on the immigration crisis itself, but felt he had to take a stand against the position of the town of Murrietta after his son asked him why people hate buses full of women and children enough to block them.
Lane sees the protests as racism; he couldn’t understand why, in 2014, he had to explain that people don’t hate the buses, they hate the people inside of the buses because they’re brown. The family is hosting a woman and her children who fled Guatemala after gangs threatened her sons for not joining the gang. Her 23-year old daughter was raped on the way up here, and the family saw all of their belongings get stolen.
Here are a couple of posts from a (no-longer existing) facebook page calling for people to boycott Lane and his business, Poppa Fresh Fish Company.
The first one says Lane “needs a serious beating.”
Another post is even uglier, though it doesn’t directly threaten violence.
Here’s the video with the news report from ABC 10.
Death threats are never okay.
Death threats are never okay. In this instance, threatening someone’s life because they’re acting in a humanitarian capacity is not only cold and heartless, but selfish and ignorant. Congress left for recess without passing any immigration reform. Obama is limited in what he can do on his own, but may act with executive orders anyway. Showing compassion, even if the law ultimately requires hosted families to be deported, should be an American trait. Not a sin.
But the ignorant and the fearful conservatives are too afraid that compassion means throwing our doors wide open and letting anybody and everybody in. They would rather treat America as though it’s private property, with a “No Trespassing” sign on the front lawn. They would rather take the hard, hateful stance, and tell them in the cruelest possible ways that they aren’t welcome here. Apparently that includes issuing death threats to those who would show these people compassion.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll, reported in The Huffington Post, shows that immigration is the third most important issue to voters in the upcoming midterm elections. A Gallup poll found immigration to be the second most important issue, ahead of the economy. Congress gave everybody the finger when they went to recess without reaching some kind of agreement on how to handle the border crisis.
A different poll, that HuffPo also reported on, says that a full 70% of Americans are worried about immigration affecting our culture and our economy. 86% of Republican respondents are worried about that; the numbers are obviously lower for Democrats.
However, people like Michele Bachmann stoke the fires when they say things like U.S. Customs and Border Protection doesn’t turn anybody away at the border. She complained in a post on Townhall.com that the problem is policies that tie the hands of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Border Patrol, but she appears to believe these policies are recent, and Obama’s fault. In reality, they have a history going back for decades.
Regardless of the situation, and the fact that people like Michele Bachmann are spouting their fool heads off, there’s no excuse for threatening someone’s life, and their family, for having a heart and hosting an immigrant family. Being angry and hateful isn’t going to solve the problem, or stop it, because “Americans will throw things at you, scream obscenities at you, and try and make you feel as unwelcome as possible” is still preferable to “You and your children will be killed for not doing what the gangs/cartels/whoever want.”
Thankfully, Mark Lane also told ABC 10 that he’s received far more messages of support than he has death threats. He said that’s what’s keeping him going, and that he’s not going to stop doing what he’s doing.