Mammon and Illegal Immigration
Nick asked me what I thought about the recent controversy regarding illegal immigration. To be honest, no issue puts my political beliefs and my Christian walk more at odds with each other than this issue. Politically, I think it is outrageous that neither major party has the courage to confront this problem in a way that truly puts US security first. Our southern border is a sieve, and who is to say among the thousands who pour across it each month how many terrorists are included? And what message does it send to my friends the Alejos when the major parties are trying to pass laws which give leniency to those who did not patiently play by the rules? Why even bother following the law?
If I were president (and to the nation's great comfort I am not), I would take US troops and place them on the Mexican side of the border to assist our neighbor to the south in keeping order. I would severely penalize any business which hired illegals. And I would make sure that our taxpayers are not left footing the bill for any services used by illegals by insisting that the Mexican government chip in (or else lose all trade rights).
By the way, those who favor globalization promised us that trade agreements such as NAFTA would solve the problem of illegal immigration by creating a prosperous working class in Mexico. That is but one example of how the theories of globalization never seem to work in practice - for anyone but big business.
And it is big business which is at the root of the illegal immigration problem. By exploiting illegals who will work off the books for much less, businesses can increase their profits. Even Forbes magazine has highlighted the shameless way in which businesses use illegals for their own gain. Illegals not only provide a workforce; they also provide 12-22 million new consumers that business are more than happy to cater to according to Business Week. And until our culture ceases to worship at the altar of Mammon, I see no end to this problem. That is, until a terror cell which entered our country illegally pulls off a major attack. Then, I am afraid there could be a backlash against all immigrants.
So that is my political position. But my commitment to Christ trumps all of these concerns. For those who accept the call to "go and make disciples of all the nations" (Matthew 28:19) the job is even easier now that the world is coming to us. There is a huge need for those who can speak Spanish all over the country to reach those souls who have come into our nation. As a citizen of a heavenly kingdom (Philippians 3:20), I am the alien and sojourner after all (1 Peter 2:11), and my goal is to help as many other as possible, of every nation, tribe and tongue, make it to the home country (Revelation 7:9-10).