His Executive Order on Immigration Suggests That the Answer To Both Questions is NO
“It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help. If I say I am Christian, but do these things, I’m a hypocrite.” -Pope Francis
On Friday evening, Donald Trump issued an executive order banning migration into the United States from certain countries that he deemed “high risk”. This order has justifiably received criticism from a wide variety of viewpoints. Below is a summary of some of those groups and the reasons why they oppose the order.
Donald Trump’s Executive Order Violates the Most Fundamental Teachings of the Christian Faith
“The sickness or, you can say the sin, that Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy.” Pope FranciS
“It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help. If I say I am Christian, but do these things, I’m a hypocrite.” POPE FRANCIS
They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you? He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Matthew 25: 31-46
And the New Testament….
“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:13
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” I John 3:18
“We must do much more to properly vet refugees, but a blanket ban represents an extreme approach not consistent with our nation’s values.“ Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)
“And here’s the second way to fail: If we send a signal to the Middle East that the U.S. sees all Muslims as jihadis, the terrorist recruiters win by telling kids that America is banning Muslims and that this is America versus one religion.” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
“It’s unacceptable when even legal permanent residents are being detained or turned away at airports and ports of entry.” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
“One of the points I think he’s missing is, there are an awful lot of patriotic, loyal American Muslims. In fact, they are the best sources we have to find these lone wolves in our country.” Sen. Mitch McConnell, (R-Kent.)
“Oh, I think it has an interesting effect of turning Muslims all over the world against the United States of America, which is 99.44 percent people who practice an honorable religion.” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Trump is Repudiating Fundamental American Values
“This freedom arises from that multiplicity of sects which pervades America, for where there is such a variety of sects, there cannot be a majority of any one sect to oppress and persecute the rest.” James Madison, Virginia Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788
“The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.” James Madison, primary architect of the US Constitution and 4th President of the United States, Constitutional Convention, 1787
“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent & respectable Stranger, but the oppressed & persecuted of all Nations & Religions; whom we shall wellcome to a participation of all our rights & previleges, if by decency & propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” George Washington, Letter to Joshua Holmes, 1783
“I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.” George Washington
“I received a letter just before I left office from a man. I don’t know why he chose to write it, but I’m glad he did. He wrote that you can go to live in France, but you can’t become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Italy, but you can’t become a German, an Italian. He went through Turkey, Greece, Japan and other countries. But he said anyone, from any corner of the world, can come to live in the United States and become an American.” Ronald Reagan
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Is Canada the New “America”?
“In my opinion, this is just a huge mistake in terms of counterterrorism cooperation. For the life of me, I don’t see why we would want to alienate the Iraqis when they are the ground force against ISIS.” Daniel Benjamin, formerly the State Department’s top counterterrorism official and now a scholar at Dartmouth.
“The United States government should continue to devote resources to screening immigrants and foreigners for terrorism or other threats, but large policy changes like an immigration or tourist moratorium would impose far greater costs than benefits.”
“The refugees themselves, fleeing war and extremism, are not strong supporters of the most violent groups: if they were, they would have stayed in Iraq or Syria.”
“Now, the American system is much more laborious, much more time-consuming. There’s a reason why there hasn’t been a sleeper cell in any of the refugee programs in the United States, because it just — you’re not guaranteed.”
“You know, I do think they need to think this through a bit more, and I think they also need to pay particular attention to what they do with the Europeans, because the real truth is, we don’t talk about it. When it comes to counterterrorism, the Europeans are not freeloaders, all right?
“The British and the French in particular are the vanguard of America’s protection. It is their security services, which are now overwhelmed by the refugee issues, that have done the lion’s share of protecting U.S. shores.
“So, whatever we do, we should coordinate that pretty closely with the Europeans and we should try not to do things that are going to make the Europeans really upset.”
So why are we doing it at all?
One thing that should be obvious by now: Trump loves himself far more than he loves this country or the people who live in it.
What Can A Reasonable Person Conclude From This?
If you are supporting Trump’s executive orders with regard to immigration and refugees, here are some reasonable conclusions that can be made about you:
You are not primarily concerned with living out your Christian faith.
You are not primarily concerned with upholding the values that made this country great.
You are not primarily concerned with protecting the safety of your friends, family, and fellow citizens.
You are not reasonably linking cause and effect and supporting actions that will deter the effects that you wish to avoid. Another way to characterize this is that you are being stupid.
You are not supporting the traditions of the Republican Party or promoting the values espoused by most of its leadership.
You are likely prioritizing the interests of Donald Trump over those of yourself, your family, your faith, and your country.