This article examines the historical pattern of denying immigration in the U.S. on moral and supposedly Christian grounds. Although it is reasonable that no nation is duty-bound to welcome every foreigner and provide the same benefits afforded those with full citizenship, this article contends that a genuinely Christian response demands the biblical core value of hospitality to others. Indeed, xenophobia is the antithesis of hospitality and cannot be supported by a faithful, exegetical interpretation of the Christian Bible. It should be noted that this article does not propose the emergence of an American theocracy; however, hospitality-based dialogue and humanitarian principles can elicit meaningful praxis on the issue of immigration within the United States' pluralistic framework. Part I of this article will analyze the current immigration crisis at the southern border of the U.S. and the recent use of Title 42 to expedite deportations. Part II provides a historical outline of immigration law in the U.S. and the moral justifications, including misrepresentations of the Christian Bible, oft weaponized against disfavored migrant groups. Part III provides insight into how the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures emphasize the importance of hospitality towards strangers, prioritize the well-being of foreigners, and encourage a re-evaluation of current U.S. immigration policies.
Ana M. Rodriguez,
Mother of Exiles: Hospitality & Comprehensive Immigration Reform,
43 J. Nat’l Ass’n Admin. L. Judiciary
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