Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
There are a hundred and ninety-two references to aliens, to strangers in scripture and none of them give license to any person or power to treat those people unjustly.
On the contrary, the law of the sacred text calls us to remember where we came from, to remember the fact that we were aliens once in a foreign land, this is true of the ancient Hebrews, and it is true of us, of all of us non-native Americans living here in the twenty-first century.
“The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God (Leviticus 19:34).
Listen to the word, and listen to this.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable right, among them, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The United States of America begins with this script. The rights articulated here are not given by the ruling power to the people, the people are endowed with these rights by the creator, and they cannot be abrogated except by extreme necessity.
All people are endowed with these rights; women and children, men, citizen or alien.
Listen to the law.
“Give the members of your community a fair hearing, and judge rightly between one person and another, whether citizen or resident alien (Deuteronomy 1:16).”
These are the dictates of fairness.
All people under the aegis and authority of the United States are to be afforded the same protections under the law, whether on our sovereign territory or on foreign soil. Wherever our flag flies, or the agents of our government are acting on our behalf, they are to uphold, support and defend the constitution, the purpose of which is to protect the rights of all people from injustice and tyranny.
“The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States (shall be upheld in relation to)…foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.”
This is the law our nation was organized under. The constitution, its demands and the fundamental human rights it protects are to be enforced everywhere at all times in regard to all persons regardless of their standing as a citizen.
As the prophet said: “Do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another (Zechariah 7:10).
This is a simple injunction, and we have a responsibility to hold are elected representatives accountable to it.
Put all of our leaders on the record now, ask them if they support these crimes against humanity!