The Bible and immigration

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Monday responded to a lawsuit against the Department of Justice by Chicago challenging DOJ’s crackdown on sanctuary cities that are violating federal law. Sessions stated, “This administration will not simply give away grant dollars to city governments that proudly violate the rule of law and protect criminal aliens at the expense of public safety. So it’s simple: Comply with the law or forego taxpayer dollars.” Sessions also countered the Chicago Mayor’s assertion that enforcing immigration law would require a “reordering of law enforcement practices” in Chicago. Sessions said that exactly what the city needs-“policies that rollback the culture of lawlessness that has beset the city.”

Chicago, which has one of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation, is besieged with gun-related deaths and shootings. In addition, it harbors much criminal activity, seemingly on purpose, which Sessions said in a released statement, “No amount of federal taxpayer dollars will help a city that refuses to help its own residents.” Sessions continued, “To a degree perhaps unsurpassed by any other jurisdiction, the political leadership of Chicago has chosen deliberately and intentionally to adopt a policy that obstructs this country’s lawful immigration system. They have demonstrated an open hostility to enforcing laws designed to protect law enforcement-Federal, state and local-and reduce crime, and instead have adopted an official policy of protecting criminal aliens who prey on their own residents.”

Over the years there has been considerable disagreement between Christian pastors about whether illegal aliens should be treated as lawbreakers or just allowed to live out there lives in the United States without interference from the government. Some support amnesty. Others support sending illegal immigrants back to their home country. There is always the argument that there are more law-abiding illegals who work hard and struggle to achieve the American dream, than there are criminal illegals who are taking advantage of the system. Some argue that Christian charity must supersede the law. Others argue that illegals are breaking the law as their first act of coming to this country illegally.

The Bible has much to say about immigrants. Exodus 22:21 says, “You shall neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him.” This theme is repeated in Exodus 23:9, Leviticus 19:33, Deuteronomy 23:7, Ezekiel 22:29 and others. The Bible also says in Exodus 12:49, “One law shall be to him that is home-born, and unto the foreigner who sojourns among you.” This theme is repeated in Leviticus 24:22, and Numbers 9:14, 15:15, 16, 29, among others. Deuteronomy 24:17 says, “You shall not pervert the justice due the stranger.” Clearly, the scriptures say to treat immigrants fairly, but they are to obey the law. In Chicago, illegals are disobeying the law, and the politicians are openly encouraging it by suing the government for the privilege.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson