Immigration: Moral or Political?

By Kari Giovanelli, staff writer

As time closes in for the House of Representatives and the Senate to have their recess, so does the decision on illegal immigration across the U.S.'s southern border. Many politicians and agitated citizens have stated that our country simply doesn't have the economy to support all these people. Yet, there is another side to this on going argument. Religious groups across America have become outraged at the mistreatment of children crossing the Rio Grande.

"The first thing is to make sure we understand these are not issues, these are persons," says Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Mr. Moore acknowledged in a conference "This is a crisis, and not simply a political crisis, but a moral one.” He, along with many religious groups have met at conferences to discuss how to go about this complex situation.

Meanwhile Democrats attempted to give a fund of around $2.7 billion to the crisis, but the Republican party immediately shut them down. With all this internal struggle, Kevin Appleby, the director of migration policy for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, shares his thoughts, "We tell other countries to protect human rights and accept refugees, but when we get a crisis on our border, we don’t know how to respond."

As this debate continues to imbed itself in American media and politics, we must ask ourselves where we stand. Do we let these children stay, who are escaping the depression of Central America? Do we provide them with shelter and education? Or do we turn them away, with the intent of protecting our economy? Furthermore, how do we, as Americans, uphold our country's founding beliefs? How do we lead the world in compassion and aid, but still protect our people? It seems to become more and more clear, that then line between morality and politics is thinner than we thought.