The Crisis We Created: An Open Letter to Dr. James Dobson


Dear Dr. Dobson, Let me first say that you have accomplished many things that I admire even if I may not always agree with your politics. As a child I grew up listening to your Adventures In Odyssey series and as a young teen read a couple of your books. I had at some point come to appreciate what your organization has tried to do for families across America in strengthening marriages and providing guidance for parents and children. That being said I did have some concerns I wanted to mention, with all due respect, of course.

Recently, I was able to read your newsletter detailing your visit to the southern border. While I do agree with some of your points I fear I must respectfully disagree with some of your conclusions. First I want to clarify that both Democrats and Republicans have politicized this issue for years rather than provide us solutions that work for all Americans. It is both parties, not one that must be blamed especially when you consider America’s role in creating these refugee crises in the first place. We have a long history as a nation and as a government of propping up dictatorships, overthrowing democratically elected governments, and training war criminals and terrorists throughout the world. And even now we continue to do many of these things,and oddly enough we have done so in some of the countries you mentioned in your newsletter.

As a Christian, I believe we should accept responsibility for our actions. As the good book says, “What a man soweth that shall he also reap” If we are ever to confront the border crisis head-on America must accept its role and responsibility in contributing to this international crisis and begin to change its role in the world. I have written a book detailing this subject, though it only gets to the tip of the iceberg on the immigration issue and issues that surround it including our mistakes in foreign policy and the war on drugs, which have exponentially escalated the violence surrounding drug prohibition across Latin America and the world. While pointing out the problems and their causes I also point out opportunities and solutions. Despite the book’s title, “You’re Wrong About Immigration: An Open Letter to Donald Trump” it is not a criticism of the president but a letter to him attempting to start an honest conversation on this issue. I’d like you to also have a free signed copy if you’ll allow me to send it to you as a token of my esteem.

Like you, Dr. Dobson, it breaks my heart to see what is happening on our border each day, but it equally breaks my heart that there are solutions that are widely ignored in favor of partisan politics. Nothing will ever change as long as the two parties continue to point their fingers at each other and not at the years of bad policy on more issues than one that has led to this situation.

That being said I did have one more concern. I was very moved in your newsletter when you told the story of how you asked the interpreter to tell some of the refugees that God loves them and you love them. I ask this not to attack but to understand. Beyond words what did you do to show these refugees God’s love? Other than observing and reporting back what did you do, as a follower of Christ does, to help these people during your visit? Just remember what the bible says in James 2

“If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

With all due respect our love, our thoughts, and our tears do nothing for those who are among the “least of these” if we do nothing to help.

I hope if you haven’t already done so you will use your next trip to the border, if there is one, to carry out the mission of Christ in showing his love and helping those in need.

I thank you for taking the time to read my letter and wish you the best,


David B. Beaver


P.S: This is an open letter to you that will also publicly be posted on my blog

I will not post your response without your consent.

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