No answer, but a darn good suggestion!

Local man shares his analysis of illegal immigration

By Ed Terry 

Editor’s note: A retired commercial airline pilot, Mr. Terry is also a musician who owns the County Opry on Highway 55 in Grantsboro.  

Ed Terry
Ed Terry

Just short of 7 million illegals have been encountered crossing our borders under Joe Biden’s watch — not that he does much watching. He just does what he’s told to do. This year so far over 2 million have crossed illegally. By the end of this year, there will be more illegals in the US than the population of my home state North Carolina. It already exceeds the population of New York City where the sanctuary city under Mayor Eric Adams is whining over 100,000 migrants. Adams wants us (you & me) to pay for giving sanctuary to the migrants.

The flood of illegal migrants is a contrived effort, designed to destroy the USA. It’s working. As a Christian, I find myself between a rock and a hard place. God says we should not turn away “sojourns.” Many philosophers say that applies to migrants. The translation of sojourns comes from Hebrew meaning someone temporarily living in a place depending on the goodness of others. A traveler passing through. Most of these people have been told America is the land of milk and honey. The problem is there is not enough milk and honey to support the millions who flood our nation. They have no intention of passing through.

In the Scriptures, walls are built to protect Nations from the dangers from outside. Jerusalem is a prime example.

Nehemiah 1: 3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. 4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

Our Nation has always had a love hate relationship with migration. The Irish took on the name ‘Scotch Irish’ to deflect their origin. They even settled in difficult places like Appalachia to avoid persecution. Chinese came to find gold and ended up building our railroads, but they were not welcomed. The black man came against his will and was subjected to enslavement. In today’s America the descendants of migrants – both of their own will and by the will of others — have found acceptance and opportunity.

I am not sure how we as a Nation can support the onslaught of illegal migration. I, like Nehemiah, find myself weeping over the walls coming down and the gates burned open by the fire of a New Progressive Order.

So, the rock and the hard spot becomes . . .  legal vs illegal immigration. There is a difference between a sojourn and those who illegally move in with the intention living off the milk and honey I worked so hard to attain. I would suggest we feed and give them drink, then send them home with instructions on the legal way of coming to America. I would also say we should build the wall back and restore the gates that have been burned under Joe Biden’s tenure.

Political Parties are very good at using the American people. They tout fear and anger and even hatred to their agenda. We as a people become divided. There is a dependence on the GOVERNMENT by all of us. I get my Social Security check each month and when I get sick Medicare pays for at least some of the costs. The thing is this: I worked hard and paid in much more than I will ever get back in entitlements. I helped pay for those who have less than I and are dependent on the Government. They are in fact dependent on my hard work and not the Government. I have no problem with that, but I do have a problem with Politicians saying THEY are doing good. Any goodness they are doing is with our funding and our hard work.

I do not have the answer and even if I did it would not be adopted by Politicians who RUN the GOVERNMENT. They simply spend my money for me in places I might never give freely.

I have no choice in the matter, but I have a 1st Amendment that gives me the ability to speak my peace (at least for now).

I believe in helping others and I often do. Maybe not enough. I have given to the Sojourn and helped them on their way. I have fed them, given them drink, clothed them, and even afforded them shelter. It does not make me a good person; it makes me a Christian trying to comply with God’s commandments of me. I fall short every day. I will someday stand in judgment for my failings, and I will have no excuse or reason for my shortcomings.


Have a blessed day and do the best you can. You will still come up short.  I come up short every day.