Glenn Beck grew extremely emotional on his radio program Wednesday, weeping as he imagined his 9-year-old son as one of the roughly 60,000 underage refugees estimated to be crossing into America illegally in 2014.
Speaking with Rabbi Irwin Kula, Beck began by asking who “these people in Washington” are who only see the collective, not the individual, and will “sacrifice individuals for the greater good, in their own terms.”
“How do they sleep at night?” Beck asked. “They cause this suffering through their lawlessness, they cause this suffering, then they hide the suffering. … All they care about in Washington are the votes and the special interests, and they look at people as pawns. How do they sleep at night? How frightened are these children?”
Beck has stated that the Obama administration is “directly responsible” for the recent flood of illegal immigrants from Central America. And though he believes every person who crossed into the United States illegally must be sent home, Beck and the charity he founded, Mercury One, have chosen to do all they can to help ensure the refugees have basic necessities like food and water.
“I thought about my son last night, who is 9 years old,” Beck said, beginning to fight back tears. “If I said to him — because I saw the opportunity in America and my country was falling apart, and I saw the president was saying, ‘Go ahead. We’ll accept you’ — I would send my son. And I would hold him and I would say, ‘Son, do what you have to do, but get across the border, because you will have a better life!’”
“Then to be sitting in this situation, and have the president and the Congress and the Republicans and all of them not even care…” Beck said, beginning to weep. “Not even — there’s no one to hold that 9-year-old kid like my son. There’s no one to hold him and to say, ‘It’s going to be okay.’ I just can’t –”
The rabbi praised Beck’s insight, saying “each of us has to try to be every person in the story.” Kula also said it is important that Americans balance their anger with compassion.
“If I allow my righteous, justified anger to swallow up my compassion, we’re dead. We are dead,” Kula remarked. “And by the same token, those people who are compassionate — if they lose their righteous anger – compassion without real justice is very sloppy. That’s anarchy.”
Beck said Wednesday that Mercury One has raised roughly $300,000 for the refugees, and that $100,000 came from a donor who wished to remain anonymous but said in his note: “I did it because I am trying to serve in the name of Jesus.”
Watch the complete interview, below.
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