Restricted migration is intrinsically racist, because it is much easier for white people to enter Western nations then for people of other ethnicities. In fact, migration was almost totally open for white Europeans to enter the United States and Canada during the 19th century. Even today, it is very, very easy for Europeans to become Americans and for Americans to become Europeans. And within the European Union, migration is totally free.
For non-white people in other parts of the world though, it is extremely hard to enter Westen nations. Even Syrians, who clearly have very good reasons to leave their country right now, do not have open access to the West. The United States only allows 2000 Syrians to enter, after making sure they aren’t terrorists. Sweden is one of very few countries within the European Union to give permanent residency to Syrians, but still it is illegal for Syrians to get a visa to Sweden, so they have to enter illegally. That’s insane, people.
Yet, even Christians support the horror of restricted migration. The influential website GotQuestions.org says that Christians should oppose illegal immigration and not help illegal immigrants hide:
“Romans 13:1-7 makes it abundantly clear that God expects us to obey the laws of the government. The only exception to this is when a law of the government forces you to disobey a command of God (Acts 5:29). Illegal immigration is the breaking of a governmental law. There is nothing in Scripture that contradicts a nation having immigration laws. Therefore, it is a sin, rebellion against God, to illegally enter another country.”
Now, I completely agree with the author that one must obey God rather than men when God’s law contradict with the government (or else Romans 13 would be an argument for us supporting Hitler’s genocide or the persecutions of Christians in North Korea), but GotQuestions.org fails to realize the horrors behind racist migration policy. When God told Israel that they should love their neighbor, He specifically said:
“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” (Lev 19:33-34).
When I speak to Iraqis, Afghanis and others that are terrified to return to their former countries, when I see their pain and tears of being neglected what I was born with, I cannot comply with the unjust laws that see Europeans as good people and other people as potential criminals, I have to resist this horrible system. This is also the duty of all Christians. In this Christmas season, we have to remember that Jesus Himself was a refugee (Mt. 2:13-18), and help and support all refugees even when our governments refuses to.