A child from Honduras arrived in Galveston County the other day.
He was lucky. Many other children were detained at the border. Those children are now in the news.
But this child, like many others, made it through. He’s not news, but rather part of a trend that has been going on for decades.
He came with his mother, who is perhaps 20. The father in the family was already here. He’s a carpenter. He’s helped to build some of those subdivisions that seem to be springing up everywhere.
The father came to Texas, hoping to earn money to send back to his family in Honduras. But along the way, a romance with a young woman back home blossomed.
Instead of sending money back to one family, he began sending money back to two. Now there is one more mouth to feed.
It’s possible to build a house in Honduras for $5,000. The carpenter had hoped to save enough money to build a home for his family.
But with growing obligations, his plan is taking longer than he originally thought. And so he sent for his wife and baby, just so they could be with him.
The young mother and her child arrived after an exhausting trip. The baby recovered in a couple of days. The trip was harder on his mother, but she is reviving.
The journey was an ordeal. But these two young parents wanted to be together.
Mother and child are being taken care of by good people, who rounded up a crib, diapers and other necessities. These are kind, religious folks. Compassion is part of their faith.
Some of them have been caring for exhausted, hungry people who have been arriving in this country — and in this county — for decades. Some of those immigrants, like the carpenter’s family, are here for work and hope to return home soon. Others have come as refugees with no hope of return.
Extending hospitality and care to those in need is part of their faith. They can’t imagine not helping the poor, needy and homeless. They’ve been helping people for decades with little fanfare.
In their minds, this is just part of an ancient tradition, part of an ancient faith. They are having a hard time seeing what’s new about any of this. They don’t understand why it’s in the news today.