I’ve spent a very good portion of my ministry years amongst minority and immigrant communities. During faculty, I spent three years ministering with a Hispanic group in southern California. While I lived in Washington, D.C., I served on an government committee of a ministry looking for to outreach to a really numerous, multicultural group. Our ministry director was an immigrant from El Salvador and the ministry flourished amongst households from many various international locations.
America is a nation of immigrants who share a typical bond and dedication to the founding rules that make this nation nice. Immigrants of the previous not solely sought to observe the guidelines when coming to America, they wished to be Americans themselves and embrace our rules and values.
When I take a look at the immigration crisis dealing with our nation, my coronary heart breaks for the multitude of issues: the failure of socialist international locations in Latin America, the poverty and violence that’s main folks to threat their lives to attain America, the blatant willingness to break our legal guidelines, harmless Americans harmed by unlawful immigrants, and the underground unlawful communities which have fashioned in our nation that are not assimilating.
Christian conservatives should take the biblical instructing to look after the immigrants in our midst extra severely. Repeatedly, God instructions his folks, “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” (Exodus 22:21) He has related phrases in Deuteronomy 27:19, Exodus 23:9, Ezekiel 22:7, Deuteronomy 10:18-19, Deuteronomy 24:14, Hebrews 13:2, Leviticus 23:22, Leviticus 25:35, Malachi 3:5, Psalm 146:9, Leviticus 19:33-34, Zechariah 7:9-11, Jeremiah 7:5-7, Deuteronomy 24:19-22.
God cares deeply for the foreigners in our land and we are to accomplish that as effectively.
This mandate to look after foreigners should be met with a dedication to accountability from the immigrants. The dialog about immigration is usually solely framed concerning the accountability of Americans. The immigration crisis we are dealing with is the results of a systemic breakdown of accountability on a number of ranges.
First, America is a land of legal guidelines. If your first act in coming to America is to break our immigration legal guidelines, you are demonstrating to Americans that you simply don’t care to observe the guidelines. You don’t care about our rules or values, the exact same rules that created this land of alternative. You are fleeing a lawless land and bringing an analogous lawlessness to America.
Second, should you are coming to America as a refugee, it’s vital that you simply abide by all necessities imposed by the U.S. authorities. You should present up to your court docket date, you could observe our legal guidelines. You can not abuse the asylum or refugee course of merely to achieve entry to our nation.
Third, President Trump is correct when he says border safety is nationwide safety. And he’s proper for a lot of completely different causes. There is an excessive amount of crime, too many medicine, an excessive amount of human struggling, an excessive amount of chaos at our borders. We are dealing with a humanitarian crisis and for the sake of American residents and refugees, our immigration regulation enforcement should be strengthened.
Fourth, politicians who create sanctuary cities or states are threatening the security of their residents and flagrantly ignoring federal immigration regulation. Sanctuary cities are failures of presidency accountability for political achieve and it’s shameful.
For the immigrants who search to turn out to be Americans, who’ve adopted the guidelines, who obey our legal guidelines, who want to higher their lives and the lives of their households with the American dream, conservatives ought to help them with open arms. We want to be higher in our church buildings and in our communities of welcoming and loving America’s immigrants.
Jesus himself taught that these put aside for salvation will look after the least of those, the stranger in our midst (Matthew 25:35). At the similar time, the Bible could be very clear to obey the governing authorities and never to follow lawlessness (Romans 13).
The failure of accountability by unlawful immigrants and politicians has led to the immigration crisis we are dealing with. Open borders and weak immigration legal guidelines are not the answer. Personal accountability, obeying the rule of regulation, strengthening our borders, and caring for the authorized immigrants in our midst is the answer.
Jeff Hunt is the director of the Centennial Institute.
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