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Sunday, July 16, 2006

The Hedgehog Blog: Illegal Immigration: What's Wrong with The Senate Bill - And With Its Opponents' Position

The Hedgehog Blog: Illegal Immigration: What's Wrong with The Senate Bill - And With Its Opponents' Position

Great post by the Hedgehog blog. He and I are pretty close on this I admit. It is time to compromise. We can have border security and deal with the problem of the illegal here as well as hrier American Familes at the same time. It is time for the hardline to back away from the radicals at FAIR and other population control radicals.

Also it is the Christian thing to do as this article so well points out. I expect this article is going to make some uncomfortable that are Christian that read it. Well good.
President Bush has proposed an immigration reform plan. It toughens border enforcement, but also creates incentives for illegal immigrants to come forward, pay a fine and apply for legal citizenship. Hard-line conservatives call this approach amnesty and oppose it. Among them is Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who is attacking Senate candidate Bob Casey for taking an approach that seems pretty much spot on with the president's.
As certain elements of my party struggle to get in touch with their inner Pat Buchanan, I've spent a lot of time reflecting on what the Bible says about immigrants.
The biblical case against abortion is inferential. The Bible doesn't speak directly to the topic. It lays out some principles—sacredness of life, humanity of the unborn—that lead to the conclusion that abortion is not permitted. It's the same with stem cells, child tax credits, faith-based social service provisions, etc.
Immigration is different: The Bible is explicit. In the Torah, Moses commanded, "Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt." The Bible is unabashedly pro-immigrant.
The argument is simple: You were immigrants in Egypt, and you didn't like being mistreated, so now that you have your own country, you should treat immigrants compassionately. Compassionate treatment of immigrants is basically an early version of the Golden Rule: Treat people the way you used to want to be treated when you were in Egypt.
The Exodus was an act of protection against mistreated immigrants. The children of Israel had earlier crossed the border of Egypt to seek a more economically secure life for themselves. Eventually they were seen as a threat to Egyptian cultural purity and national security. Much later, King David surrounded himself with immigrants, as did his son, Solomon. The prophets spoke out on behalf of aliens frequently.
Jesus of Nazareth was an immigrant. When he was a child, he and Mary and Joseph crossed the border to Egypt illegally. You see, they had a well-founded fear of political persecution from a Middle Eastern dictator named Herod

A few points. Many will object and say "well these are not immigrant they are illegals". Well if you think you can get that out of God's word and Revelation ok. Also lets gets real the concept of "illegal alien" is a recent idea in reality. Most of our ancesotors got on a boat and were in and out of Ellis Island with 8 hours. But I think you are fooling yourself if you think what God is saying then doesnt have revelance. It seems God is very concerned about the Alien that is among us. In fact he was constantly talking about it. Also, let us remember we have soem culpibility in all these. We have also benefited from their labor. First go here and look at my early thoughts as I examined the bible and immigration. Then go see what Chuck Colsen has to say on it here. He is much better than I expressing those thoughts. How in the Heck can all this bereconciled with the folks that try to dehumanize every alien here. How can this be reconciled with the House Bill? I am pretty clueless on that point. I am also pretty clueless how my friends that agree with me that we should not have Gay marriage and abortion can suddenly ignore the current immigration discussion and not put Christ in our immigration laws. I just don't get it. How is any of this Christian? Compromise folks. The Bible doesn't mandate open Borders and neither do we. It is time to step back and do what is right. For those catholics out there let me leave you with this from POPE PIUSXII.

The émigré Holy Family of Nazareth, fleeing into Egypt, is the archetype of every refugee family. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, living in exile in Egypt to escape the fury of an evil king, are, for all times and all places, the models and protectors of every migrant, alien and refugee of whatever kind who, whether compelled by fear of persecution or by want, is forced to leave his native land, his beloved parents and relatives, his close friends, andto seek a foreign soil.


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