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Christians, Compassion, and the Children Crossing Our Borders

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Much of the news in recent days has focused on the thousands of immigrant children from Central America who are traveling hundreds of miles to get to the United States. The majority of them are arriving at U.S. borders unaccompanied and with no one to take them in. According to the New York Times, in mid-June, 283 unaccompanied minors were entering the United States per day. Those numbers quickly add up, and now border patrol facilities are overwhelmed with children forcing local and state officials to provide housing, food, and medical care.

The question, of course, is: Should these children be sent back to their home countries? Is it right to send them back when so many of them came to America fleeing poverty and gang violence and seeking a better life? Of all the countries on earth, shouldn’t the U.S. be the most open to receiving those fleeing less than ideal conditions in their homelands?

While the president and government officials wrestle with these issues, Christians can look to the word of God for guidance on what our attitude should be toward immigrants in this country. In Leviticus 19:34, God told His people who were about to inherit the Promised Land: “The stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.” God further described His position on immigrants in Deuteronomy 10:18 when He said, “He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.”

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