Thinking Christianly About Immigration

Ivan Mesa | September 22, 2015

The subject of immigration undeniably stirs emotions. Bible-believing Christians are often on different sides of the debate, some stressing border security and rule of law while others compassion and outreach to those made in the image of God. Not only is it campaign season in the United States, with political candidates arguing one way or another on how to “fix” the system, but in recent months a migration crisis in Europe has dominated the headlines and hence the need to engage this subject again.

Far from an esoteric debate, however, these discussions land close to home for me. My parents fled their native Cuba seeking political freedom and economic opportunity 90 miles to the north. Out of fear for the propagandistic brainwashing of the youth (and rumors of children being separated from their parents and sent to the Soviet Union), my upper-middle-class grandmother sent my teenage father ahead of her to the United States before leaving all her earthly possessions to start life anew in Miami. My impoverished country (“guajira”) mother paid a Cuban official to label her a “lesbian” in order to get booted off of the island nation. In stereotypical fashion, she got on a boat in 1980 along with 125,000 other Cubans who came over as part of the Mariel boatlift. Granted, Cubans have…

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