In one of his most famous parables, Jesus told the story of a Samaritan who stopped to help a traveler who nearly died in a violent attack by thugs. The Samaritan provided lifesaving emergency aid to someone of a different religion, nationality and ethnicity and paid for his long-term rehabilitation. Jesus contrasted the Samaritan with other travelers who were too busy or too afraid to help, and praised him as the one who had answered God’s call to be a neighbor to those in need.
We face a humanitarian crisis along our southern border that is directly linked to a continuing crisis in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — the countries known as the Northern Triangle. But a recent White House proposal to cut off aid to our struggling neighbors is not the solution and threatens to increase suffering and insecurity.