These words are the opinion of Fr. Rich Vitale
He spent a lengthy period of time detailing the crime statistics from most major metropolises in the US, and then without intermission spoke of illegal immigrants living in the US, thusly tying the two together without actually tying the two together. In so doing, he rhetorically lays the blame for all murders in the US at the feet of illegal immigrants but allows himself a linguistic exit hatch to use in the future. You may, deep down inside feel that Donald Trump is right, and that immigrants, especially illegal immigrants are dangerous, but I assure you, those feelings come neither from a Christian place, nor a scientifically factual place. The message of the holy scriptures are, in my own interpretation, very clear on how we should treat immigrants. In Deuteronomy 10: 18-19 we read: " “For the Lord your God...loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” In Deuteronomy 24:14 “You shall not withhold the wages of poor and needy laborers, whether other Israelites or aliens who reside in your land...” The prophet Ezekiel makes it clear to us: "The aliens shall be to you as citizens, and shall also be allotted an inheritance." References to how we should treat strangers are not limited to the old testament either, In the book of Matthew, our Lord Jesus teaches us that when we treat immigrants with compassion, it's as if we are treating Him with compassion. In chapter 25 verse 46 he says " For I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” And Saint Paul brings it home in his letter to the Romans: “ The mark of the true Christian (is to) Extend hospitality to strangers…”
Regardless of that fact, we know that our true Christian faith teaches us that there are things more important in this world than our own safety. Standing up for what is right is one of them. Something that most of our immigrant brothers and sisters, legal or illegal, bear in common is that they are seeking sanctuary from a dangerous situation. Whether it from ISIS, the Taliban, or Al Qaeda, the drug cartels in Mexico, or myriad other global problems. They are looking for the promise of safety and hope. They are coming here not because they "hate," America, but the opposite, because they love America. They are knocking on our doors asking, "Will you extend to us the gift of "America?" We are at a decision point where we can say "yes" or "no." As you make your decision on this issue, remember that Jesus the Christ was a poor, unmarried, persecuted, 33 year old, middle eastern man. He certainly met all the criteria to be denied refuge under a President Donald Trump. Will you let Jesus in?
I'll hope you'll respond in the comments with your own thoughts and opinions on this important global issue!
These words are strictly the opinion of Fr. Rich Vitale and do not represent the opinions of The National Catholic Church of North America or any affiliated entities.