Illegal immigration is a tough subject economically, and, I believe, morally. As it’s often pointed out, people don’t want to do many menial tasks, and illegal immigrants provide us with an excellent labor class. Yet in some ways, this is unfair to both sides, as it fails to integrate the immigrant. Without getting too much into the history of immigrants, macroeconomics, and the current state of affairs, I’d like to offer some of my thoughts.
1.) If I were in the situation “at home” of many of our fellow humans who are in our country illicitly, I can say that I would myself almost certainly make the same decision they have—to attempt to better the life of my family.
2.) I’ve worked alongside many illegal immigrants who have been much more diligent workers than my fellow Americans doing the same task.
3.) Immigrating legally is often difficult to the point of being impossible for some.
4.) “When a foreigner stays with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who stays 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.” (Lev 19)
At the end of the day for the Christian, we should be working hard to maximize the benefit to all people, while being not only just, but merciful. And we should recognize that a spiritual kingdom has no borders, while still being cautious in how we approach “putting on our own oxygen mask first.” (That is, being responsible with the resources of our country.)
In Christian love, always.