What’s Wrong with Immigrants?

In the past I have written about my frustration with the anti-immigration wing of the Republican party. While some will point out that Republicans aren’t anti-immigration but just anti-amnesty let me dispel you of that myth. If the border became secure and it was no longer possible for illegal immigrants to cross the border do you think that a majority of Republican voters would be in favor of increasing legal immigration? Of course not. In case you need further proof there was a poll on the subject of immigration back in February that sampled people who identified themselves as evangelical Christians. Do they believe we should increase legal immigration?

https   www.numbersusa.com content files PulseSurvey_Evangelicals.pdfWhat a damning indictment on evangelical Christians. There’s really no defense for this position as a Christian. The economic case for increased legal immigration is clear. There a few things where economists can find common ground, but a majority agree that immigration is good.

Shouldn’t Christians be in agreement with Emma Lazarus’s famous words on the 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-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Instead it seems Christians in America want less immigration and what little they want should be doctors, lawyers, and well educated  people from other countries. Not only is that position anti-American, it’s against the Word of God.


3 responses to “What’s Wrong with Immigrants?

  1. That’s a fine concept but since we long ago abandoned teaching anything resembling American culture or exeptionalism what’s left is immigrants eroding what they actually come for in the first place. And I would argue a bit on being against the word of God. The Old Testament is littered with laws primarily to keep the Israelites from integrating other pagan cultures.

    • Legal immigration improves the economy. Not just in the United States, but anywhere it’s used. That’s just the economic fact.

      As far as the second part about the Old Testament law for Israel… that has nothing to do with my statements about Christians. (Galatians 3:28).

    • Jbennet: Religious freedom is a cornerstone of American culture and protected by the constitution. Referencing biblical laws that prohibited the practice and integration of different religious ideologies as a reason to oppose immigration reform is alarming and incongruent with one of the founding principles of American culture. Luckily, our constitution protects us from the laws of your God.

      Henshaw: Thanks for sharing an economic perspective on immigration.

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