Illegal Immigration

Illegal Immigration

Illegal immigration has been a steadily growing problem for the United States over the past several years. In this essay I would like to give an overview on illegal immigration, how it affects us, how it relates to the Bible, and maybe some pointers on what we should be doing about it.

Illegal immigration is very real and it has got the highest it has ever been in 2007, when it was calculated that there were around 12.2 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. It has decreased since then by about a million, but that doesn’t mean that it is alright.

This kind of kind of immigration affects our economy, maybe not as drastically as some people would like to think. But if we just keep allowing illegal immigrants to come and take a little of what we have, that is an open invitation to take all that we have. Many immigrants take jobs (which can affect those who have citizenship and are in need of a job) in the U.S. and give the money to support people back in their home country. This means the money doesn’t cycle back into the economy, which in turn hurts it. Those immigrants are also willing to work for a lower wages because our money goes much farther in their home country. This can hurt the average American who is trying to get a job with good wages.

The Bible teaches us to help the poor, care for the sick, and feed the hungry. We’re to love others as ourselves.

Luke 3:11

John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” 

We’re also told to submit to the authorities placed over us because they were placed there by God. To honor and respect them and to follow them as long as it doesn’t contradict God’s Word. To illegally come into another country, is well, illegal.

We need to be able to prevent illegal immigrants from coming into our country at all. Then we wouldn’t have to worry about dealing with all the mess of deporting them. But because we haven’t been active enforcing the law, there are now over 11 million illegal immigrants in our country! It would be pointless to try to deport them all now. We have so many (most having already been here for years), I think we should give them a way to become legal immigrants. But for those trying to come to over now, we should enforce the law and deport them. I know that there will always be a few who will make it in illegally, but we shouldn’t have allowed it to grow this large. If a person really wants to come and live in our country, they can take the time to come in legally.

In considering the children born in America to illegal immigrants, I believe it is alright to consider them as citizens. It wasn’t their choice where they were born or their fault  for the decisions their parents made.

In conclusion, the government needs to enforce the laws that have been created. If we can’t enforce such laws like this, how can we enforce all the other laws justly? We must stand firm with the laws that have been put in place or our government will crumble like a house built on sand.

-G. Paige

Gun Control

Gun ControlGun control has been a much discussed topic in the U.S. Many crimes are committed through the use of guns and other similar weapons. As the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the U.S.A. explicitly states that “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of he people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”. But what is our right to bear arms? Are there limitations to this? Should there be tougher gun control laws or easier ones? Are guns the problem that there’s crime? I hope to share my view on all of this and more relating to gun control.

Guns are used by all sorts of people. They’ve been used to do good and to do bad. To save and protect and to kill and destroy. But I don’t think that the guns are the problem. It’s the people who are behind the trigger that decide whether it will be used as a force for good or evil. It’s never the guns that are doing the terrible and horrible things. It is the people. If a person wants to commit a crime and he/she doesn’t have a gun, do you think that will stop her/him? No, of course not! We can always find a way to do evil with whatever we have if we really want to. A gun just makes it so much easier. If we’re going to put really tough gun control laws down, we might as well start putting such laws on everything else, because seriously, just about anything can be used for crime.

I believe that there are limitations to the Second Amendment like age restrictions. You wouldn’t just give a gun to a three year old. Also, those who have committed crimes in the past should never be allowed to have guns unless it’s for military purposes or for defense in a life or death situation. Those same could be said for those with mental issues, we wouldn’t want them to accidentally hurt themselves or those around them. Besides things like that though, I think anyone of a acceptable age should be allowed to have guns if they can afford it. We have a right to have them, whether or not people want us to.

Now we are never going to be able to fully stop crime. We live in such a sinful world that it is quite unrealistic to think that we’ll have a prefect utopia here on earth. We’ll have to wait on Jesus’s return for that. But no matter how fallen this world is, we can still do our best to stop crime. I just don’t think that tougher gun control laws are going to help. In fact, I think that it might make crime worse because as harder laws are put down it makes more people want to break them. To really stop crime, we need to change the people’s lives. The people are the ones who commit crimes, not the tools they use. If we can change people’s heart towards God, we’d be taking a big step towards having peace in this world.

-G. Paige