Immigration is a hot topic amongst the American people. With refugees fleeing corrupt and war-stricken countries in the Middle East, America is faced with a choice to accept or deny hundreds of thousands of individuals that seem to be fleeing a living hell.
According to the American Immigration Council, “Immigration to the United States is based upon the following principles: the reunification of families, admitting immigrants with skills that are valuable to the U.S. economy, protecting refugees, and promoting diversity.”
Based on this definition, which many Americans most likely have never heard before, it seems as though that in order to fulfill this definition, we must protect refugees. America does not take action on issues in order to “fulfill a definition.” However, we are a free country that welcomes diversity and inclusion; we fight for peace and safety for people all over the world and we do our best to value life.
Immigration must have a process. I support any individual that chooses to come to this country legally. Over the last few months, I have been challenged to open the doors of my home to people. I have been challenged to come to the realization that my home is not my own, but a gift that I am so very blessed to have, so I want others to share in my gift as I build community.
I am challenged to have this same view about how the United States handles immigration and the acceptance of a displaced people group. This country is my home. I want the least of these to come to my home. I understand that there will always be security risks. There will always be the risk of losing out on resources. There may be a handful that are lazy and don’t contribute. However, rather than living my life through a “what-if” lens that tends to be more cynical than not, I am pushing myself to live life with open arms.
I think America should welcome refugees. I don’t think it is a flippant process that involves opening the floodgates with no care or process and allowing thousands of people to infiltrate our country. There must be a thorough process developed that welcomes individuals in a smart, safe and secure way. I have not put enough thought into what that process should look like, or if it’s even realistic considering the density of immigrants that are coming into our country.
In the end, I think life on this earth is temporary. I want to live in a country that welcomes the broken, that provides safety and security for the innocent and the weak. If it means my life may suffer in order to do so, so be it. I will suffer in order to spread the love that Jesus has shown me.
This is an opinion that is ongoing for me. I am constantly trying to piece together my personal opinion with what is best for this country. But as for right now, this is where I stand. Immigration must be done legally. There is no place for illegal immigrants. In the end, who wouldn’t want to live in the United States? Although our political climate is troubling and according to social media and mass media it seems as though there is chaos all around us, this is still a free and prosperous country that millions would give an arm and a leg to have the chance to live . I want to have a part in fulfilling that dream in their lives.