DACA and Donald Trump, the Modern Day Pontius Pilate
Donald Trump is a modern day Pontius Pilate. Like Pontius Pilate, #45 acts out of political expediency and the preservation of empire. Pilate felt that Jesus was innocent, and yet, for the sake of his own selfish power still crucified him as a rebel king (Matthew 27:23). On Tuesday, Donald Trump said he has a "great heart" for Dreamers and that he has "a love for these people," and in the same breath cut off the economic livelihoods of millions by rescinding DACA. Dreamers have done no wrong, and Donald Trump is like an abusive parent who says affectionate words and then proceeds to beat their children.
Like Pontius Pilate, Trump has also tried to "wash his hands clean" by passing the buck on to someone else--in this case to the same dysfunctional Congress which failed to pass the Dream Act in 2010 leading to the passage of DACA in the first place. "It is now time for Congress to act!", declared Trump self-righteously, after rescinding DACA.
To make matters worse, less than two weeks ago, Trump pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio who had been convicted of criminal contempt by a federal district court judge for repeatedly ignoring orders to end the racial profiling of Latinos in Arizona. That's like pardoning King Herod one week, and then crucifying Jesus the next.
As an ally and friend of Dreamers, I lament the deep evil and racism which have taken our nation captive. In this moment I find solace in the words of the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah, and in the promise of God's justice:
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter." Isaiah 5:20
"They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace. Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish them,” says the Lord." Jeremiah 6: 14-15.
In the solidarity of Christ,
Robert Chao Romero