Is the Movement of Refugees and Immigrants a Threat or an Opportunity? Why?
Europe in the 21st century has witnessed the great migration of refugees from violence in the Middle East and north Africa, and the United States continues to wrestle with how to deal with immigrants from south and central America.
National borders, cultural stability, labor demands, and pure human suffering all come together in a great Gordian knot. Brexit is, in part, a result of these concerns.
What does your faith perspective teach you about refugees? How do your politics and your religious convictions come together to inform policy and shape your attitude?
Our United States continues to offer opportunities and a home to its tired, its poor, to the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. We are a nation of immigrants.
Every ancient pagan culture had very strong traditions of hospitality.
We will be a richer nation in every sense of the word if we treat those who are here with justice and mercy.
The influx of refugees today is both threat and opportunity, but for Christians in North America in particular, the greater threat is that we forget the context from which we came.
Many in our Hispanic communities are wondering how to remain faithful and hopeful when so many of our country's leaders toy with immigration issues for political gain.
Who really is a hero? It is the person who turns his enemy into a friend. The one who builds bridges of understanding and compassion. And loves the refugee and immigrant.
Rabbi Ari Hart
Judaism is a religion of obligation—of trying to actualize commands, what we call mitzvot, that bind us to God and bring God's presence into this world.
James K. Hoffmeier
The problem is that many make a simplistic correlation between the ancient Israelite social law and the modern situation as if the Bible was addressing the same problem.
Two values that animate humanists above all others are the value of rational responses over emotional ones and the rejection of every form of tribalism.
We should see human beings as ends and never as means. The right thing to do with refugees and immigrants should not to be determined by any cost/benefit analysis.
We have been given an unprecedented opportunity to be generous and humane. Let us seize the moment and affirm life.
Cameron Trimble and Susan Barnett
Migrants and refugees are at exceptional risk; their legal status, losses, and living situations leave them particularly vulnerable to those who promise safe passage to hope and a better life.