This is a hot topic as the church is divided on what it should do. There are church denominations, individual churches, and Christian organizations that promote the idea that illegal immigrants should be allowed to enter and stay in the country.
Or, they are called Christian even though they are not close to any Christian teaching. We cannot name them all here but we will provide a few examples of who is helping natives of other countries violate the immigration laws of America and possibly other western countries.
#1. The Mormons
Members who oppose illegal immigration fear that the Church is abandoning its traditional, unwavering support of the rule of law. They also express concern that the Church appears to be biased in favor of illegal immigrants and that it is increasingly taking positions that weaken the rule of law and move the Church closer to a social justice position.
At the same time, the proponents of illegal aliens express frustration over the Church’s failure to officially declare its support in favor of illegal immigrants, especially since the Church actively proselytizes among illegal aliens and has a large and growing illegal alien membership…
President Thomas S. Monson, the Church’s current president and prophet, has been a staunch advocate of obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law as set forth in the 12th Article of Faith. In 1988, writing in the Ensign, an official Church publication, President Monson emphasized the importance of obeying the law of the land and of returning to the basic justice that laws provide when honest men sustain them: (source)
#2. Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities is the largest NGO (non-governmental organization) involved in the trafficking of illegal aliens on both sides of the border. Catholic Charities receives millions of dollars in federal grants to essentially operationalizes Biden’s illegal alien invasion strategy. (source)
Certain organizations in the Church, including the Vatican, are assisting in the ongoing invasion of the United States by illegal immigrants.
In an article entitled “Illegal Immigrant Caravans and Criminal Catholics,” long-time opponent of illegal immigration Michelle Malkin – who is also Catholic – reveals the extent to which Church organizations are aiding and abetting the caravans of illegal immigrants.
That complicity starts at the top. As Malkin points out, Pope Francis “donated $500,000 nine months ago from his Peter’s Pence fund to assist illegal immigrant caravan participants.” Malkin then proceeds to list some of the religious orders participating in this attack on American sovereignty – the Franciscans, the Jesuits, the Scalabrinians – along with naming some of the safe houses they operate. (source)
#3. Universal Life Church
The Philadelphia church is just one of over 450 houses of worship across the United States that have joined the “Sanctuary Movement”, an alliance of churches and faith communities pledging to offer sanctuary or other forms of assistance to people living in the country illegally. Some are simply offering financial aid, while others are taking a more active role. Notably, the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles has recently declared itself a “sanctuary diocese”, calling for a “holy resistance” to mass deportation.
A similar movement back in the 1980s spurred the creation of an “underground railroad” of sorts to help move immigrants around and keep them safe from deportation. Church leaders say that if the promised crackdown occurs, they will consider reactivating this network. In the meantime, they remain on-guard and watchful. (source)
Taxpayers funded eight nonprofits that serve, protect or advocate for illegal immigrants with more than $291 million between 2012 to 2016, according to an analysis of federal spending data and tax documents by the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group.
The eight groups — including at least one that endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 — provide a variety of support to illegal aliens, ranging from legal and social services to political advocacy.
Ninety-four percent of the public funds — or, nearly $274 million — came from the federal government, according to data obtained from USAspending.gov and 990 tax forms.
The $291 million total in public funding, however, is almost certainly an underestimate, since the respective 990s of each implicated nonprofit for all five years were not always available. Additionally, those groups only represent a small sample of publicly-funded pro-illegal immigrant nonprofits.
“At least 684 nonprofits nationwide provide some form of legal aid to immigrants,” a 2013 Urban Institute study said. More than half of these had budgets bigger than $1 million, but a “more detailed breakdown is necessary to reveal how much support comes from … government agencies.”
The Urban Institute study also claimed there were too few charities at the time to serve the growing “unauthorized population” and that additional taxpayer-funded support was necessary. The study estimated that California’s 111 nonprofits then providing legal aid to immigrants could serve as many as 22,973 illegal immigrants each. (source)
All of this is not based on what is missing from this discussion. What is missing is solid biblical teaching. Too many people misunderstand what bible verses like ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ & ‘do unto others…’ actually mean
They feel that their neighbors are those in other countries whom they think are poor and oppressed and should have the right to enter the United States and work there. This is not correct Christian teaching or thinking.
They limit the word ‘neighbor’ to mean those from outside of their country and take no thought for their actual neighbors, their fellow citizens. You are not loving them by exposing them to criminals and others who rob the nation of valuable resources.
Then they misunderstand the Bible verse, ‘we obey God not men’ and use it to justify their attitude that they are not bound by human laws and they can disobey any one they like. That is not true. We are free to disobey certain human laws, the ones that would have us disobey God and his instructions.
BUT immigration laws do not cause ANY Christian or person to sin against God’s instructions. These people who think this way pull other verses out of the Bible, for example:
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. (Lev. 19: 33-34)
You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. (Ex. 22:21)
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,(Mt. 25: 35)
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.(Heb. 13:2)
None of these verses grant permission for Christians to disobey the immigration laws or help others to disobey immigration laws. Every nation has them and they are not wrong. All nations provide LEGAL paths to immigration and every Christian, claimed Christian,s and their organizations should be helping these illegals follow the correct path.
NOT in America but in their own countries of origin. Christians are to obey the law and helping people break it is wrong, sin, and makes things worse for their real neighbors
Then they ignore the verse
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad (Rom. 13:1ff)
There is no permission granted in any biblical verse that allows anyone to break the law in these circumstances. There is permission for Christians, etc. to go to those countries and help the very same people in their own homes.
The Great Commission is one such verse. God is not bringing people to America or Canada via sinful ways. He expects his people to follow his instructions completely. If you want to obey those verses that say ‘, love one another as I have loved you,’ love your neighbor as yourself’, and when you did it to the least of these, you did it to me, you can fulfill and obey them by bringing the right aid to those people in their home countries.
You do not have to go as a missionary or a preacher. you can be a doctor and bring medical aid, an engineer and help build their infrastructure, you can be farmers and show people how to grow their own food, and you can be a policeman and help fight crime.
By allowing and helping people be illegal immigrants you are letting those problems continue in their home countries. You are not solving anything as there are millions more suffering in their home countries.
You may think you are helping people in need but all you are doing is rewarding illegal and sinful behavior while those obeying immigration laws are still in need. You are not really doing anything but making the nation worse for your neighbors.
If you want to make an impact on poor and oppressed people, obey God and bring the right biblical attitude and teaching to those countries. Reward those who obey the laws, not the ones seeking to break them.