© Matt Hahn 2019

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We do not have an immigration crisis.

We have a crisis of government inaction and a crisis of values.

We must make the decisions necessary to fix our immigration problems but must also uphold our highest values in dealing with immigrants, no matter the situation.

  1. A crisis of inaction: we have well-known, longstanding problems with increased numbers of asylum-seekers at our southern border, with inadequate border security, and with large numbers of undocumented immigrants throughout the nation. Our political leaders fight with one another rather than address the issues.

    1. Stop fighting with one another and fix the problems.

      1. Improve Border security: we need to improve security along our southern border. To address that, we need to have an open discussion about the best options including, but not restricted to, building a wall.

      2. Increase staffing and capabilities: we need to increase our capacity to process and monitor those seeking to enter the US at the southern border.

  2. A crisis of values:

    1. A nation that strongly identifies with the words and actions of Jesus Christ must extend those values to immigrants and asylum seekers.

    2. The Bible is clear about how we should treat people in need. Jesus said, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

    3. Leviticus: “When immigrants live in our land with you, you must not cheat them. Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one of your citizens. You must love them as yourself, because you were immigrants in the land of Egypt.”

      1. We must make the decisions necessary to fix our immigration problems but must also uphold our highest values in dealing with immigrants, no matter the situation.

  3. Prevention: part of the solution must be to determine what can be done to undo the circumstances that lead individuals to flee their homelands.

    1. Demand for illegal drugs in the US contributes to drug cartel and gang violence.

    2. Poor economic and living conditions.