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.
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.