The people running from the south to the north, many of them for months, are running from fear and danger sufficient to drive them from their homes, often with small children in tow.
They all know the United States is the world’s pre-eminent nation of immigrants.
And they believe the story that the United States is a place to seek a better life.
At our border, they should be welcomed in the moment, and then their stories should be heard before we decide how to accept them into our nation, or not, as the case may deserve.
Many people believe in God and the words of the Bible. In Leviticus, it is said that God proclaims “You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”
That seems pretty clear.
That is compassion.