I am sorry, but I have no idea where this post should go. Please forgive me, if it should be somewhere else.
The problem is related to a few very good members in our congregation, who are all legal residents (but not citizens yet) and who came from Mexico. They are very valued members, always kind and helpful. They are very active, too. The problem is that they are scared, due to the anti-Mexican sentiment. In their eyes the major factor in the very hostile rhetoric (invasion?) is that they are Catholic, and as such not part of the WASP (white-anglo-saxon-protestants) environment. We try to assuage their fright, but we are not very successful.
When they see the crowd chanting: “Shoot them!” they are really scared. When they see the crowd demanding: “Send them back!” they are uneasy, and rightfully so.
How can we help them? Any ideas?