There are not many things that the O-man does that I approve of, but I think offering amnesty to some illegal aliens is the right thing to do. It’s compassionate, it’s practical and it’s biblical (Lev.19:33-34). It seems to me that what he proposed was reasonable and conditional. It’s not a freebie; the aliens have to meet certain conditions. And it’s pro-active as opposed to the GOP’s mindless nay-saying stance on this and other issues.
My belief is that many who oppose amnesty are being led by the spirit of fear. Not wanting to “reward” the illegal’s behavior is the usual number one argument against amnesty, but in my opinion, the knee-jerk reaction of most conservatives is little more than the satanically inspired spirits of selfishness and fear having its way. They’re afraid that something will be taken from them: jobs, money, healthcare benefits, etc. Sadly, many who oppose amnesty would identify themselves as Christian. And they think that the blessings in their lives were somehow earned by their own efforts and were not gifts from God—blessings to be shared with others.
Beyond the selfishness, they offer dozens of anecdotal stories of illegals committing various horrific crimes—murders, rapes, fatal car accidents. If you believe all the stories enough ISIS and Al Qaida terrorists have snuck in thru our southern border to lay seige to Omaha. The fact is that statistically they are less prone to commit violent crimes. Noted sociologist Robert Sampson studied violent crime in Chicago and found that illegals were less likely to commit them than native-born Americans. This was reported on Yahoo Science News on 3-18-08. Also, those against aliens trot out tales of illegals being ungrateful, unfriendly, dirty, you name it. As if native-born Americans are not equally guilty of that and more.
Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives see it as a great plot to garner more voters for the Democrat party. Thinking that Obama has exceeded his executive authority they fulminate on and on about impeachment, but they seem to forget that the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order. And even if Obama’s motives are less than pure I still think it’s the right thing to do.
I do not want my dislike of Obama to result in a knee-jerk opposition to policies that I think are sound. Also, I try to imagine how Jesus would view this whole illegal alien amnesty issue? Based on my reading of the Gospels I think His response would be one of mercy and compassion. And I wonder if maybe this has been placed in our Nation’s path by a sovereign God to test our love? Consider Isaiah 58:9-11: “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.”