My wife and I are like most Americans. We are sure to check our doors before leaving the house and turn the burglar alarm on. It just makes sense. I don’t need to give an engraved invitation for a thief to rob us! Sometimes I wonder if our immigration policy isn’t paying attention to who might get into our country.
If you only read the New York Times or the Washington Post, you might think that every evangelical Christian in the country is in favor of “comprehensive immigration reform.” Major news outlets have reported extensively on so-called “pro-reform” evangelicals and their activities. According to CNN, “In new ads, Evangelical Immigration Table–[a] group that has been behind immigration reform on Capitol Hill–asks people to pray for Boehner and House Republican leadership on immigration reform and urge those leaders to listen to their prayers.” The article did not mention that Evangelical Immigration Table is funded largely by organizations backed by George Soros, the billionaire who has given hundreds of millions of dollars to far-left causes.
Almost all Christians desire a government that is both righteous and just: a government that enacts policies which are in line with biblical values and protect or improve people’s lives without hurting others. But we do not necessarily agree on how best to achieve this. Try as we might, we cannot always legislate the outcome we want, and laws almost always carry unintended consequences. For example, raising the minimum wage seems like a great idea until you consider that it often leads to greater unemployment. High stakes standardized testing appears promising until you catch teachers helping their students cheat.
In the same way, so-called comprehensive immigration reform would have many unintended consequences. I have written about the many problems with the proposed legislation before. Briefly, it promises the same problems as the Reagan Amnesty in the 1980s; it will flood the labor market with millions of lower wage workers who will undercut the wages of the poorest Americans, and strain our entitlements. More importantly, the proposed changes contain no provisions for greater border security, and the federal agencies responsible for enforcing the law say it will be impossible to process the new citizens in a reasonable time frame.
Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, and co-authored, Personal Faith, Public Policy [FrontLine; March 2008] with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.