Biblical Perspective on the Problem of Illegal Aliens
In the following
discussion, the reader will note that the problem of illegal
aliens has been created by the State (federal and state
government) and cultural policies that already exist. Note the
overlap of many worldview areas: economy, sin, matters of the
heart, law and social justice, licensing, charity, education,
etc. The problem of illegal aliens is not just a problem all
its own. It is mostly, if not entirely, created by all the
unbiblical polices and practices that are common in the United
The following is only a
preliminary, virtually an “off the cuff,” presentation of the
the reader will note that all of these issues have been
addressed throughout this website. And, few people are
addressing this problem on a Biblical basis.
1. State welfare in its
myriad, if not medusa-like, forms must be progressively stopped.
There is no
Biblical warrant for State welfare. (See
welfare.). The major issue of absorbing illegal aliens
into the American economic system has been their cost to the
welfare system. This system includes state-sponsored
schools, medical care (especially emergency rooms, emergent
hospital admissions, and Medicaid), the myriad of “entitlements”
(aid to children, pregnant women, single-parent families,
workman’s compensation, etc., etc.), and many other programs.
Churches need to be
increasingly involved with true welfare.
For the most part, the church has turned it responsibility for
charity over to the state. Numerous deleterious effects have
occurred because of this neglect. (A) Churches have lost status
in the community. (B) Churches have lost purpose and work for
their members. It is the problem that Francis Schaeffer called
“personal peace and affluence.” A “personal relationship with
Christ” (poorly understood) and recruiting others under this
rubric (disguised as evangelism) has become the virtual endpoint
of Christian experience.
(C) Charity (welfare),
properly administered, includes a strong component of morality
and evangelism. Charity includes moral instruction of family
responsibilities, such as, marital fidelity, moral instruction
of children, and responsible work for all but the crippled.
Evangelism provides the only real hope for change in
regeneration. So, not
only is immediate help provided, but the accompanying moral
instruction moves those helped towards independency and being
socially responsible. State welfare only creates dependency, and
worse, an entitlement attitude that often boils into rage and
resentment. Charity by the Church and welfare by the State
contrast starkly. One builds up, the other destroys individuals,
families, and eventually, ordered society.
2. Do away with the
minimum wage. A
minimum wage pushes these workers into unemployment and into all
the “welfare” schemes above. This movement is a double drain on
the economy, as workers for “low end” jobs are not available,
increasing costs of the goods and services in these areas. These
potential workers then move from being workers and producers to
drains on the welfare system, and even into crime because their
“idle hands being the Devil’s workshop.
3. Redefine U.S.
citizenship to exclude babies born of illegal immigrants.
The concept that babies born in the U.S. are automatically
citizens of the United States is a noble and right one for
parents who are citizens. But, granting citizenship to
children of criminals (“illegal immigrants”) is easily arguable
as beyond the intention of this statute.
4. Stop foisting the
enforcement of illegal immigration onto employers.
It is the State’s job to handle all things that are illegal.
5. Require some penalty
for second offenders who sneak into the U.S.
They could be kept in work
camps until they had paid for the cost of their capture and
incarceration, working at some minimum wage. Or, they could make
fencing for the border!
6. Require English for
all civil proceedings.
Certainly, one can make the case that the bilingual movement of
the last few years has been caused by the sheer numbers of
illegal immigration. Making Spanish available to all facets of
society is a capitulation to an illegal activity. Thus, these
illegal immigrants are winning -- they have the power to
turn us into a bilingual society.
Worse, it is a
capitulation to one primary basis of unity for Americans.
For any culture to exist, it must have some basic kinds of unity
that provide grounds for basic communication and morals. The
eventual fate of multiculturalism is anarchy and/or the rise of
some tyrannical power that seizes the weakness brought on by
fragmentation of cultural groups. Bilingualism is one major
pillar of unity that has been demolished.
Who rules here? Who
should be given prior consideration?
Illegal aliens or law-abiding citizens? The answer should be
obvious to anyone who has any sense of law and order and of a
7. Deny voting rights
until the second or third generation of citizenship.
That is, newly naturalized citizens would not have all the
rights of citizenship, but their children or grandchildren
could. Learning a culture and being absorbed into it takes time.
(Of course, we are rapidly losing any cultural unity of any
kind. See discussion at the end of this article)
We were once a largely
Anglo-German-Christian culture. Thanks to massive changes in
immigration law under John Kennedy, we are becoming a polyglot
with inadequate cultural glue to hold us together. We are not
going to make millions of Mexicans into productive,
time-valuing, and self-governing citizens overnight. Illegal
aliens are going to make us into a syncretistic Roman
Catholic-pagan, graft-ridden culture.
The only real glue that
will hold all nations and cultures together is Biblical
Christianity, best manifested in the Reformation and the common
laws of England that became the Constitution and early laws of
Everything else is a tower of Babel.
An historical example
occurred in South Africa. The Calvinists of Natal and Orange
Free State allowed the Zulus and others to enter (the land was
largely vacant as the Dutch entered it) in order to have cheap
labor for their ranches and mines. They were soon outnumbered
eight to one and lost their nation to them within our lifetime.
Had the Boers allowed much more gradual immigration and
evangelized them as they settled, then they would have retained
ownership of their country. The reader should note that
economic greed was the incentive that eventually destroyed their
state. Do you see any application to the problem of illegal
immigrants in the United States?
(Actually, the Boers
let the British come in to work the mines, which gave Britain an
excuse to invade and defeat them, and then Britain encouraged
the Zulus, Mashonas, and others to immigrate.)
8. Legalize the
possession and use of narcotics.
Without the financial incentive, their use would decline, but
not disappear. The border patrol now estimates that well over 90
percent of all drugs smuggled into the U.S. are undetected.
Narcotic abuse is a matter of the spirit and heart. Narcotic
smuggling is in commensural relationship with illegal
immigration. Of course, State programs to treat “addcition”
would have to be abandoned, as well.
9. Gradually return the
nation to a gold and silver standard.
This move would deny the State’s ability to stimulate the
economy artificially and decrease the lure of Mexicans into over
stimulated areas. This principle is one of the most basic to
10. Slowly reduce all
government support of education at all levels.
Many students are enticed to stay in educational tracks beyond
any need of the economy for their degree of training. Perhaps,
more would consider becoming competent chefs, masons,
carpenters, electricians, tailors, and other valuable and
necessary occupations that do not require college degrees,
especially at the post-graduate level. These mid-level vocations
would displace some less qualified people into more menial jobs,
leaving less room for immigrants.
11. Stop industrial
subsidies of industrial farms.
For example, tax dollars allow the semi-desert central valley of
California to grow rice, lettuce, and other water-intensive
crops, using expensive federal water distribution programs.
Smaller farms would be able to use local resources, if they did
not have to compete with these federally subsidized farms.
12. Stop all government
welfare, health care (except life-threatening emergencies),
maternity care, education, and any other benefits for illegal
This system is doubly disastrous. First, there is the unbiblical
concept of State welfare in itself, a common theme of a truly
Biblical worldview. Second, what serpentine manner of reasoning
can justify welfare for criminals?
We should not refuse
The above steps would encourage people who want to come and
become a part of the fabric of the nation. Currently, we have
people who come and share in our (fake) prosperity and then use
their income to fund all manner of nefarious activities,
including Al Qaeda.
But, will we even
continue to be a nation?
The prior question is, “What is a nation?” Most nations did not
even exist prior to the mid-nineteenth century when the
nationalist fervor began in Europe, in Russia, and in the United
States with Abraham Lincoln. Nationalism cannot tolerate the
diversity of cultures. Thus, the political correctness of modern
times. Diversity, for all its arrogance of inclusion, is
ultimately an adoption of sameness: big and centralized
government, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, hedonism,
individualism (within allowed tolerances), that is, all
principles of Biblical Christianity. True diversity is
ultimately anarchy. That situation is upon what the United
States is teetering.
Biblical ethics and law
that emphasized the family, the Puritan work ethic, free
capitalism, and one language (that happened to be English) is
what built and has held this country together. With the
destruction of law, the family, and an anti-God attitude, what
held the U.S. together is rapidly dissolving. What will be left
will either be a tyrannical state, a merging of Mexico, Canada,
and the U.S. into one such state, or several groups of states
that form on the basis of common language and culture, for
example, a group of Mexican states in the Southwest, a black
group in the South, and a Midwestern conservative state.
The primary hope of the
United States, as we have known it, is a Reformation among the
Christians of this country that know sound theology, solid and
comprehensive Biblical ethics (worldview) and law, and a
community of love and mercy to those within and without the
Church. That is the goal of this website and other worldview