Where the Parties Stand
Democratic Party Platform
- “Democrats believe we need to urgently fix our broken immigration system … and create a path to citizenship for law-abiding families …” (Page 17)
- “…we will defend and implement President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action of Parents of Americans executive actions to help DREAMers, parents of citizens, and lawful permanent resident avoid deportation.” (Page 17)
- “We will work to ensure that all Americans—regardless of immigration status—have access to quality health care.…” (Page 16)
- “We will support efforts by states to make DREAMers eligible for driver’s licenses and in-state college tuition. We will invest in culturally-appropriate immigrant integration services, expand access to English language education, and promote naturalization….” (Page 15)
- “Given the immense sale of human suffering in Syria, it is also imperative that we lead the international community in providing greater humanitarian assistance to the civilian victims of war in Syria and Iraq, especially displaced refugees.” (Page 42)
Republican Party Platform
- “To keep our people safe, we must secure our borders, enforce our immigration laws, and properly screen refugees and other immigrants entering from any country.” (Page 42)
- “Our immigration system must protect American working families and their wages, for citizens and legal immigrants alike, in a way that will improve the economy. (Page 25)
- “We oppose any form of amnesty for those who, by breaking the law, have disadvantaged those who have obeyed it.” (Page 25)
- “… we support stiffer penalties, such as a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, for any illegal alien who illegally reenters our nation after already having been deported.” (Page 26)
- “Because ‘sanctuary cities’ violate federal law and endanger their own citizens, they should not be eligible for federal funding.” (Page 26)
- “To ensure our national security, refugees who cannot be carefully vetted cannot be admitted to the country.…”(Page 26)
What the Bible Says
In the Old Testament, a number of provisions were made to protect the cultural integrity of Israel. Deuteronomy 31:12-13 required that all foreigners dwelling in Israel must enter into the covenant to obey God. Those who did not support God’s leadership were not allowed to enter the land. Aliens in Israel were not given the same status and rights as Jews in the land. (Deuteronomy 1:16, Numbers 15:16).
At the same time Jews were to treat aliens with respect. Exodus 22:21 says, “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” The alien was put in the same category as widows and orphans - they could receive a portion of the tithe (Deuteronomy 14:28-29) and had access to the gleanings in the field (Deuteronomy 24:19-22). It is also worth noting that these provisions did not apply to the foreigner who was temporarily in the country for work or other purposes.
Romans 13:4 teaches that government “is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.” We should expect the government to protect our borders and to punish those who break our laws. We should also treat both citizens and aliens with respect and dignity.