Yesterday in Nogales just a few miles from where I was meeting on food issues with other county citizens, Attorney General Sessions did his “drive by” of the border region, disparaging Sanctuary Cities and pledging a crackdown on undocumented (Mexican-American) citizens. If he ate at any place in Nogales, and if he ate this last week in any restaurant in the entire U.S. he was probably being fed by the very people he was disparaging–both the farmworkers and the food service workers.
What we need to remember is that we cannot have “national security” without food security, and ironically, it is mostly political, economic and climate catastrophe refugees from other countries that comprise the largest percentage of the food system workforce that gives us our daily bread.
Sanctuary cities, campuses and homes maintain safe places for such individuals and families in transition. Attorney General Sessions needs to ask himself not only what would Jesus do, but what would Moses, Buddha and Mohammed do? What would his own grandmother do?
I doubt most of humanity over the ages would turn their backs either on refugees or on the very people that provide them nourishment.