A Day Without Immigrants

These thousands of immigrants didn’t get the same wages for their work as the citizens did; They didn’t get less either. Rather, they received no pay at all. They worked for free. It was enough for them to have a place to live and what was necessary to avoid dying of hunger. Less than 100 of their ancestors had left their country 400 years earlier to seek better living conditions, but their population had multiplied to more than 2 million and had turned into a productive force that had paid dividends to the local government and its citizens. Nevertheless, they began to feel threatened by these foreigners to the point that they began to mistreat them, to increase their work load and even to go to the extreme of a genocide against their newborn infant boys. The situation became so insufferable that the whole people of immigrants cried out desperately to God an were heard. One particular night God led them to freedom through Moses.

Not many hours had passed before Pharaoh realized that he shouldn’t have let those immigrants go who had so powerfully contributed to the economy of Egypt and decided to pursue them and make them return. But it was already too late.

A day later, a whole country resented the absence of the Hebrew foreigners.  Who would do the work that the Egyptians didn’t want to do?  Who would plant the crops, break stones, and muddy their feet in the clay?  Surely none of the Egyptians would assume those tasks.  They confronted the hard reality of living without immigrants among them.

On May 1,l 2006, an attempt was made in the United States to demonstrate the power of immigrants in the economies of developed countries.  In Spain as well a similar idea was launched.  The iniciative urged immigrants not to work, nor to use public transport, nor to visit stores, restaurants, or theatres.

Nadia Lamarkbi, a French journalist,  has promoted the same idea on the internet: “What would happen if our country were to waked up tomorrow without immigrants?” She opened a Facebook page entitled, “A Day Without Immigrants: 24 Hours Without Us.”

The same impact would occur that Pharoah and the Egyptian society experienced.

Pastor Edgardo


Acerca de Joseph Castleberry

A missionary to Latin America for 20 years, I currently serve as president of Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. I am the author of Your Deepest Dream (NavPress, 2012); The Kingdom Net: Learning to Network Like Jesus (Influence Resources, 2013), and The New Pilgrims: How Immigrants are Renewing America's Faith and Values.
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