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October 6, 2008 / compassioninpolitics

The Only Illegal Immigration Facts You Need to Know

Misconceptions, Myths, and Facts about Illegal Immigrants in America (and Everywhere):

Isn’t this the only one thats important? Deuteronomy 10:19 by way of the NIV reminds us:

19 And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt.

Jesus stood with the outcast and the refugee again and again. Thats because he was a refugee. He was the one from Nazareth who didn’t fit the mold of the public officials and elite church leaders of his day. And he loved everyone, regardless of skin color or geographical origin. He didn’t use spreadsheets, immigrant quotas, DNA, or blood percentage to determine if he loved someone and treated them with respect.

Our national principles likewise stand in sharp contrast to demonizing those who come from distant shores be they england, Germany, Japan, Italy, or from Sudan. For instance, these famous words are emblazened on our statue of Liberty:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Indeed, our own Declaration of Independence points out, “We are all born by a creator with certain inalienable rights and that among those rights are the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Those fundamental rights don’t and shouldn’t change because you are from Germany, Germantown, or New Guiena.

What’s more, dehumanizing and stereotyping immigrants who fall outside the quota limits by calling them “illegals” as xenophobic pundits often do, is hardly the call of compassion and mercy that Jesus’ model embraces instead of resorting to veiled forms of discrimination based on national origin contravening our Constitutional principles. For those who are fleeing dictatorship, oppression, and genocide, this only doubles the injustice and alienation they experience.

We should change our immigration policy to reflect more humane and Jesus-like compassion for our immigrant brothers and sisters.

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  1. leanna jackson / Oct 18 2008 11:57 am

    AMEN.

    i especially hate when people want everyone to speak english in this country like it is the language of the land. when the first people to come to this country spoke … spanish! amazing.

    and i’m a native, so i could just tell everyone to get out of my country. not that i speak cherokee or anything. i’m lame.

  2. Nathan Ketsdever / Oct 20 2008 9:24 pm

    Actually, it was an english only issue connected to faith that got me fired up a bit.

  3. Robert Proctor / Dec 25 2008 3:45 pm

    The first moral obligation is to liberation and to express that truth to domestic “leaders”. Immigrants rise to opportunities in numbers and with a spirt at least as grand as multi-generational Americans. Under Liberty’s beacon, we honor our founders and their Judeo-Christian legal tradition with open arms (if not open borders).
    Democracy spoke plainly last month as Linda Chavez reports that “14 out of 16 hard-line, anti-immigration Republicans …lost their seats”, and “[e]stimates are that four in 10 Hispanic voters in this year’s election were naturalized citizens — and 75 percent of them cast their votes for President-elect Barack Obama.”
    Not liberation but maybe a milepost along the road.

  4. conservative kid / Jan 2 2009 12:16 am

    get illegals out of the country…liberalism will be the downfall of america.

  5. Electrode / Jan 25 2009 8:42 pm

    Leanna Jackson, I understand that language is an issue. No matter who started out in the United States and other than Native american indians the rest were all immigrants. But at the same time. The law in this country states that U.S. Citizens must speak english. The law is correct. Number two If you try to equate Jesus’s actions with our actions you will always fall short. Jesus was not trying to advance any nation or race. He was here to unite any and all sinners to the saving redemption. Big difference to illegal immigrants.

    If you take the stand to treat illegal immigrants without any regard to them committing a legal crime of no authorization to be here then you must equally treat pedophiles, rapists, and murders with no regard to their commiting of a legal crime.

    Jesus went to and hung with the sinners ( the downcast as others viewed them) but he did not do it to help them get rich or disobey the laws, he did it because they would be examples of God’s gift to all and how the lowest of the low could be saved from Hell and not just because they were a jew or a self thought righteous person.

    This is not to offend you or anyone else it is merely a statement of facts and views on the subjects. Have a nice day and may God richly bless you all.

  6. compassioninpolitics / Jan 26 2009 1:55 am

    Its interesting you point out:

    >>> Jesus was not trying to advance any nation or race. He was here to unite any and all sinners to the saving redemption.

    Interesting because it makes a case for cosmopolitanism, instead of the (xenophobic) nationalism you seem to be touting.

    I’m not sure what greed has to do with it. Its about treating people like you want to be treated. Its the golden rule of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The below is a slippery slope argument and so not particularly relevant.

    >>>If you take the stand to treat illegal immigrants without any regard to them committing a legal crime of no authorization to be here then you must equally treat pedophiles, rapists, and murders with no regard to their commiting of a legal crime.

    Second, it fails to take into account that many people are fleeing oppression or persecution.

  7. Electrode / Jan 27 2009 4:13 am

    Cosmopolitin politics

    Hmm will have to read up on your cosmopolitin polititcs.

    The statement about treatment is relevant in this manner….. I would agree to do unto others as you want done unto you. Service is the key to What Jesus did. I do those things, but as anyone would know Evil exists in the human heart and always will on earth. No matter how we go about it. Even if there was total peace and we were all one nation, we are still all individual thinkers and someone would always disagree. The great thing about human life is choice. But we can not make everyone think the same way.
    There will always be a leader and followers. From top to bottom. The example I gave is to show relevance to a certain point in theory. I love my neighbor and help my fellow man and community. I do what I can with what I have. Just because I have God’s word in my heart and have compassion does not mean I am gonna let a crime against my family be commited. So the relevance stands in this point. A crime is a crime according to the laws of the land. Oppression, albeit is real and many do flee because of it. At the time these people flee there are just as many that come here and are fleeing and bringing crime to our country. Whether or not you are an American, Nationalist, Socialist, communist, or any other tag you want to put on yourself, Crime is still crime and we are to obey the laws of the land. This is also a golden rule but how many of us follow it.

    We all pick and choose our life and what we do. We all should be held accountable. Case and point.

    Have a great day.

    Oh, just so you know I am not some political thinker. I am an individual that looks at life and lives it the best I can. My points may not be sophisticated or posted in a perfect thought out argument. Most average people write and think in all kinds of manner. I listen and try to walk through it and understand but I also will give my viewpoint too.

  8. compassioninpolitics / Jan 27 2009 4:44 am

    Interesting perspectives:

    >>Just because I have God’s word in my heart and have compassion does not mean I am gonna let a crime against my family be commited. So the relevance stands in this point. A crime is a crime according to the laws of the land.

    I don’t see how immigration is a crime against your family. The tax dollar argument would only apply to a limited number of immigrants–and would also apply to kids and seniors. Thats dangerous territory to be in.

    I don’t see how you can even compare a “crime against your family” based on $10 extra dollars (and its arguable that immigrants on the whole actually decrease prices in the same way Walmart does and so ultimately add income to your pocketbook) you might pay on taxes versus immigrants experiencing human rights violations.

    Using legality to trump compassion, human rights, and democracy puts in an interesting camp indeed.

    Endorsing a legal code which is unjust is a violation of the spirit of the laws.

  9. Meghan / Feb 9 2009 8:05 pm

    >>>If you take the stand to treat illegal immigrants without any regard to them committing a legal crime of no authorization to be here then you must equally treat pedophiles, rapists, and murders with no regard to their commiting of a legal crime.

    Actually, undocumented immigration is a misdemeanor, not a felony. That means illegal immigrants are no guiltier than anyone who jaywalks, has gotten a speeding ticket, or played music outdoors in their own backyard. Comparing undocumented immigration to such acts as rape and murder is grossly inaccurate and misleading.

  10. compassioninpolitics / Feb 9 2009 8:25 pm

    thanks meghan…great point….

  11. Ian / Mar 10 2009 5:18 pm

    I`m tired of the bleeding hearts of my country in support of people who come here illegally, breaking our laws, using our resources, and give nothing back.
    Don`t forget that this demographic is responsible for the bulk of illegal drugs entering our country, and with so many of them here now we are beginning to see the traditions and values of what was once good here disappear.
    Anyone caught aiding , abetting, or hiring illegals should be sentenced to some jail time.

  12. NationsBestDefense / May 4 2009 2:32 am

    We need to stop illegal immigration. People who sneek into this country illegally are invaders. I also can’t stand the thought of illegals getting jobs over true Americans during a time of economic recession. That is why I think we should put sniper rifles on the boarder to stop this evil threat. After all people get deported but, bugs get put down.

  13. compassioninpolitics / May 4 2009 7:25 am

    Unfortunately, thats not a very loving, friendly, or compassionate response to what you perceive to be a threat. And it really doesn’t solve immigration.

    We will only be safer as a society when immigrants are integrated into society. When they are seen or treated as outcasts, it hurts our cities, our communities, and ultimately our economy.

    We will only be a safe society when they are tax payers and have a genuine interest in being full citizens, by being more open and compassionate we can encourage them to be members of the middle class and to have great families.

    If they are forced to go outside legal means when we criminalize their behavior, it will only encourage and spur more drug and gang activity.
    A wholistic understanding of our communities health, safety, and value has to take the issues into account. Relying on guns is a failure of creativity…its a failure of love….its a failure of compassion…and a failure of following the model that Jesus set for us in the New Testament.

  14. NationsBestDefense / May 4 2009 9:19 pm

    If we put gunners on the boarder it will send a message loud and clear to stay out of our country. You people make me sick. The only way to stop them is to kill. My best interest is to keep my country safe from illegals who can commit crimes and bybass the system without records. Theese people are monsters and you can’t stop a monster with compassion and love you must kill them. Sure it isn’t creative but, doing what is right doesn’t always hav to be. Finally, my savior isn’t jesus it’s Robocop because he shoots for the dick and ask questions later and thats what this country needs. A savior like Robocop.

  15. maggie / May 19 2010 2:28 am

    This is one world full of people. It is time to understand that the U.S. is a country of immigrants. Now these immigrants want to stop anybody else from comming in. There are illegal immigrants because there are no laws that let the people that would really like to come here to be welcomed and a due process for them to stay. If there is a process with a waiting period and a background check for those who would like to be Americans, like there used to be things would be easier. Let’s not forget where our ansestorscame from and why we are here. Lets not forget what made this country the best place in the world. ;ets open with welcome arms those people that are trying to make it by working hard so they can give their children a better life as we all want for our own children. Lets be proud of being Americans instead of shunning others for wanting what we have. There is always enough to go around.

    • Eric / Sep 7 2012 4:43 pm

      US citizens did not come here illegally and abuse the living hell out of the system. The US allows more legal immigration than any other country in the world. You people really are clueless to the facts. We have to buy food and provide medical care/drugs for these people! 41% of them are on WELFARE. It’s time to learn the truth. Most of the criminal activity and murders in Los Angeles are committed by ILLEGALS, and they screw the system by allowing businesses to cheat by hiring cheap labor, not paying taxes which robs from legitimate business that hires legal workers. The burden on the HONEST tax payer is immense, and you’re telling me “there’s enough to go around.” Enough what? Money? Since you have so much money, how bout you pay for their expensive crap, and let honest, hard workers like myself keep a dime or two so we can take care of our OWN families!

      • compassioninpolitics / Sep 11 2012 2:27 am

        I didn’t read in the Bible where it said to only help people if it was cheap.

        Also, thats more of a question about:
        1. who should receive benefits
        2. the nature of Welfare reform & the process than it is about whether they should be here or not or what we should do with them once they are here

        They are human. They are in need–emotional and otherwise. They have risked life and limb to be here.

        Also, what do you say to the illegal aliens that are hear that are helping our economy? And whose to say that those immigrants we help today don’t have a 10x to 100x impact if they are paying taxes?

      • Bill / Sep 11 2012 7:02 pm

        The economic case against immigration just doesn’t hold up. Restricting people worldwide from moving to where they would like to live — where could be more economically productive — costs the world economy several trillion dollars per year:

        http://www.cgdev.org/content/publications/detail/1425376

  16. compassioninpolitics / Jul 29 2017 4:26 am

    I think this helps with churches and Christians trying to help immigrants

    https://wewelcomerefugees.com

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