Where the Parties Stand
Democratic Party Platform
- “We will immediately terminate the Trump Administration’s discriminatory travel and immigration bans that disproportionately impact Muslim, Arab, and African people….” (Page 61)
- “We will reinstate, expand, and streamline protections for Dreamers and the parents of American citizen children to keep families together in the communities they have long called home.” (Page 62)
- “We will expand access to health care for people living and working across the United States by extending Affordable Care Act coverage to Dreamers…” (Page 31)
- “Democrats support making community colleges and trade schools tuition-free for all students, including Dreamers.” (Page 69)
- “We will reverse Trump Administration policies that prevent victims of gang and domestic violence, as well as LGBTQ+ people who are unsafe in their home countries, from being eligible to apply for asylum.” (Page 62)
- “Democrats believe it is long past time to provide a roadmap to citizenship for the millions of undocumented workers, caregivers, students, and children who are an essential part of our economy and of the fabric of our nation.” (Page 62)
- “Democrats believe immigration judges should be able to operate free of inappropriate political influence, and will support steps to make immigration courts more independent.” (Page 64)
- “Democrats will end the Trump Administration’s freeze on green cards for new immigrants and instead pursue a meaningful reform agenda.” (Page 64)
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.