While this kind of hospitality doesn’t require that Christians advocate open borders, it does require us to be salt and light in the debate over immigration reform. At the very least, we should work to elevate the level of discourse and prevent the demonizing of the “other” in our midst.
And we ought to remind our fellow citizens who are so angry about immigration that it is our desire for cheap labor that has contributed to the problem. It’s bad enough that illegal immigration is a “no-win” issue; it should not be a “no-truth” issue, as well. And in the end, we must, as Christians, treat everyone in our midst with godly compassion.
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Marcela Sanchez, “What good is immigration reform?” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 29 July 2005.
Stephen Dinan, “Church eyes immigration reform,” Washington Times, 10 August 2005.
Seshadri Kumar, “DeLay outlines steps to stem illegal immigration,” Fort Bend/Southwest Sun, 10 August 2005.