Proverbs 19 says: “Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.” Jesus says:
But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.
Jesus told his own followers:
When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
If Jesus expected this from his followers, how much more important is it for us to be merciful to those fleeing persecution and suffering? The current Republican administration is using inhumane practices and tear gassing to suppress the immigrant population south of the border (The New York Times, Nov 2018). They have proposed a wall that will cost us nearly 70 billion to build (The New York Times, April 2017). President Trump says that Mexican immigrants cost taxpayers up to $3000 + in eligible benefits they receive from the government. However, this is absolutely untrue.
In terms of insurance like Medicare or Medicaid, Wikipedia states:
In the United States, undocumented immigrants have lower rates of health insurance coverage and medical service usage than U.S. Citizens or documented immigrants. Having medical insurance coverage—whether private or through Medicaid—significantly influences the actual utilization of healthcare services.
Immigrants receive little or no federal assistance (National Immigration Law Center, Dec 2015).
After these laws’ enactment, most lawfully residing immigrants were barred from receiving assistance under the major federal benefits programs for five years or longer. Even where eligibility for immigrants was preserved by the 1996 laws or restored by subsequent legislation, many immigrant families hesitate to enroll in critical health-care, job-training, nutrition, and cash-assistance programs due to fear and confusion caused by the laws’ chilling effects. As a result, the participation of immigrants in public benefits programs decreased sharply after passage of the 1996 laws, causing severe hardship for many low-income families who lacked the support available to other low-income families.
A border wall would be an offense to God. If we continue the holiday season like nothing is happening, spending money we don’t have while others are suffering, God will not be pleased (Romans 13:8). Proverbs 28:21 (NIV) says: “to show partiality is not good— yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.”
We can’t continue to pretend we believe in Christ and not do what he says (Matthew 7:26). In Amos, God says:
I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.
Our nation is not entitled to treat other nations badly. God has high standards for his people to show compassion on others. Leviticus 19:15 (NIV) states, “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.” Our riches won’t save us, “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes” (Deuteronomy 10:17 NIV).
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Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.