A Pastoral Perspective on Illegal Immigration

"Those who oppose illegal immigration run the risk of viewing illegal immigrants as enemies, rather than as a mission field.... On the flip side, those who advocate increased immigrant rights must be careful not to promote attitudes of insubordination or contempt toward the government." Cripplegate

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dcbii's picture

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This is already 6 years old, though I suspect it was rated timely due to the recent ruling.  Still good, though.

Dave Barnhart

Mark_Smith's picture

illegal immigrants does NOT MEAN Christians should be silent on the potentially illegal actions of certain people in the government to allow in illegally visitors from foreign nations who happen to stay permanently.

Mark_Smith's picture

Citizens should realize the plans of the federal government are destructive to the average citizen and oppose the government's actions.

Aaron Blumer's picture

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I appreciate the article's efforts to uphold law & order and simultaneously see people as souls to reach and aid. The peace has indeed worn well.

As for the public policy, it's truly a mess. Like the tax code, it's become a spaghetti bowl (or maybe barbed wire bowl??) nobody seems able to untangle because of all the conflicting interests involved. It's too bad there isn't some way to chuck the whole thing and start with a blank piece of paper.

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Bert Perry's picture

It strikes me that "balance" is the key issue.  Kindness to the foreigner, as Scripture tells us?  Absolutely.  But should immigrants pass a basic background and health check so we don't end up importing crime and disease?  I think that's fair, too.  And then we also ought to consider the rights of our own poor--allowing a LOT of unskilled labor does not do our poor any favors, to put it mildly, as it's increase competition for them in the labor market.  

(interesting fact; the # of people on various welfare programs corresponds well to both the # of illegal immigrants and also the # of people in single parent homes.....lot of fat on the table to grab if only we will)

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