The link above includes a video of the immigration speech President Trump gave in Phoenix, Arizona while campaigning back in August and there the transcript of what he said; it is also annotated.
Immigration has always been a hot topic for presidential candidates. In the most recent election, Hillary Clinton’s position was to have open borders, while Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the border with Mexico. For many immigrant families, the hope was on Clinton. Now that President Trump is in charge, many immigrant families are fearful. A wall would mean a less permeable yet larger separation for families who chose to cross over from where they travel from.
In his speech, Trump says: “Hillary Clinton, for instance, talks constantly about her fears that families will be separated,” and this is true. There is a real fear from both sides of immigration; there is a fear of the immigrant who had to travel for days, weeks or even months to maybe reach the border, and alive too. There is also the fear of immigrant families who are here illegally; they can be deported at any time and are forced to leave their children (if American born) behind.
Using the Bible as a reference, immigration has been going on since Adam and Eve were asked to leave the garden (Genesis 2: 23-24). Adam and Eve left and started anew. Just as many immigrant families do. Genesis chapter 12 is also a great example; respectively named ‘Abram’s Call and Migration’. Everyone is called to migrate. Whether it be to a school in a different state, be transferred to another city for a job or to escape violence in a home. Everyone has been a stranger somewhere in some point in their life.
In Leviticus 19: 33-34, it reads: “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” This can be summed up as the “Golden Rule: Treat others the way you would like to be treated.”
For those who are against illegal immigration, put yourself in their shoes…
Exodus 22: 20-23 says, “You shall not oppress or afflict a resident alien, for you were once aliens residing in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me, I will surely listen to their cry. My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword; then your own wives will be widows, and your children orphans.” My interpretation of this is to not discriminate against the immigrants of this country. Who are we to judge these people for making to come to the land of opportunity. God is the ultimate judge and He knows how to take care of his children.
Both verses of Leviticus and Exodus present the argument of: America is a country that was built from immigrants. The only “true” owners of the land of those Native Americans who cultivated in years ago.
In conclusion, I invite you all to read Matthew 25: 31-45. Probably the most important verse is 35 and it reads: “For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Jesus Christ, once on this Earth, was a stranger. To many, he was looked upon as a false prophet, who claimed to be the Messiah. While others followed him, listened to his teachings and witnessed his miracles on Earth. Think about this: Jesus—The Son of Man—was once a stranger just as we all once were at some point in our lives.
Discussion: What is your opinion on immigration? Through the eyes of God, is the way our government is dealing with immigration correct? Are the migration stories in the Bible relevant to what is happening now in modern times? Why or why not? Should or could politicians look at the Bible for enlightenment on how to go about fixing America’s immigration issue/policies? If so, how? If someone is a follower of Christ, yet is opposed to illegal immigration, are they hypocrites? Are they being bad Christians or should religion and politics not mix?
Bump, Philip. “Here’s What Donald Trump Said in His Big Immigration Speech,
Annotated.” The Washington Post. WP Company, 31 Aug. 2016. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.