Argumentative Essay On Immigration And Religion

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One of the numerous issues attached to suffering today includes immigration. However, God 's vision for immigration, similar to other topical concerns, wasn 't meant to distorted by the sense of intolerance and rigidness from both sides of the issue. Rather, this vision, also known as the Catholic Social Teaching, is based on the cornerstone of love, as God is the very definition of love. According to St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 13, love "bears all things...endures all things" (7). Keeping this in mind, the type of love that God calls us to recognize one thing: humanity is the very Image of God ("Genesis 1:26"). Therefore, it is crucial that we take the time to listen to all the sides of an issue; in the case of immigration, it means …show more content…

Now according to St. Paul in Romans 13, he writes that the government is "a servant of God for your good" (4a) and that everyone should "be subordinate to the higher authorities" (1). What does this entail? It simply means that it 's the government 's mandate to "secure one 's border and enforce the law for the sake of the common good" (Catholic Catechism 2241). From this alone we learn that a government’s level of severity concerning immigration has to do with how severe the problem is in that particular country. Seeing that there are 11.2 million illegal immigrants in the United States, it isn 't unreasonable for some people to want increased national security in the country. However, what isn 't right is for people of a country to stereotype other racial, ethnic, or religious groups and disallow them from migrating to that place. Regarding this, any government should be willing to welcome the foreigner in their own search for a sense of security and safety from environments corrupted by violence, despotism, or poverty; this is the government 's first and foremost duty ("Catholic Church 's Position on Immigration Reform"). The Catholic Catechism further expands on this idea, saying, "The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the

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