David vs. Goliath

Ryan Murphy
April 6, 2011
Working at the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, I often think that when we are strategizing our objectives, it is hard not to feel like David standing against the insurmountable Goliath. U. S. policies and institution are hard to influence, let alone change. Often the odds are stacked against us.

Ryan Murphy, Columban Volunteer

As a new member of the CCAO team, I have been asked to focus on certain issue pertaining to immigration. My overall goal is to participate in meetings with the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Department of Justice as well as coordinate a Senate briefing on the expansion of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to apply to Mexican nationals. Similar to political asylum, TPS would provide refugee status (temporarily) for Mexicans who have fled their country out of a well founded fear of the drug cartels.

The reality is only a small number of people would benefit from this policy change while millions would continue to suffer from the ongoing drug war. This small and temporary policy change will not stop the violence nor rescue a lot of people, yet I am thrilled to take part in it.  Applying TPS to Mexicans could save the lives of former police officers, lawyers, human rights advocates, and concerned citizens from becoming victims of the cartels.  If the implementation of TPS saves just one life, it would be a small but substantial victory. As Mother Teresa said, “What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”  We must not shy away from adding to the ocean of the Kingdom of God.

There are countless reasons to become discouraged about the prospects of actually amending the existing legislation.  As a small group of concerned Christians, we acknowledge the challenges we have ahead of us. I take comfort in the Gospel of Matthew (17:20) “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Please keep the CCAO and our concerns in your prayers and have faith that with God all is possible!