Hallee on the Issues: Immigration

I don’t have a lot to say about immigration except this: If my children were hungry or in danger of persecution and/or death, and I had no relief whatsoever in my land, I’d do whatever I had to do and go wherever I had to go.

In Leviticus, God said this: And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Our country is such a beacon of hope and posterity that people will make rafts out of scraps, then risk the waters of the Atlantic Ocean just to reach our Florida shores.  We have people that will pack themselves into shipping containers and risk death to traverse the Pacific Ocean in hopes of finding a life here.  We have people that will load into the backs of semis packed like sardines and facing perilous heat and no airflow just to cross the southern border.  And yet, we have such strict immigration laws that it almost becomes a license to treat those that actually make it with their lives in a slave-type atmosphere with horrible living conditions and lower-than-minimum wages.  It’s shameful and sinful.

This is an issue that is so oddly polarized.  I think Jesus was pretty clear when he said the following in Matthew 25:34-46:

Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;  I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:  for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;  I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’  Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’  And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Like with everything else our nation faces, there isn’t an easy push-one-button answer.

We have a monolithic immigration system that keeps a starving family out of the land of plenty, but due to being over-burdened with the immigration laws on hand, can’t prosecute wanted drug smugglers, body-traders, murderers, and the like.

Some people want strict immigration laws because of fear of “other” races.

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.
Acts 17:26-29

Some Americans complain that illegal immigrants take jobs from Americans, but when tough laws are enacted as happened recently in Alabama, Americans refuse to get off the dole and move into the vacated jobs.

Lots of people want strict immigration laws because of fear of loss to some undeserving “other” when America is still the land of plenty.  It just isn’t a zero sum game.

It all seems uncharitable — unworthy of that which is the most noble and honorable about our divine nature.


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