American Immigration Policy

In 1939, a boat of 900 persecuted Jews fleeing Germany arrived in the United States and asked for refuge. They were turned away. After trying and failing to get refuge in several other countries, this ship had to return to Europe. It is now known as “The Voyage of the Damned” as 254 of those people were murdered in the Holocaust.

Many times when someone criticizes America, another person will say, “Just go live somewhere else if you don’t like it here.” I agree with that sentiment. I don’t think anyone should be locked into the country they have the fluke of being born into. Imagine how quickly dictatorships would fall if open borders were allowed. People would just leave until the dictator had no support left, then revolution would be easy. Imagine how many more brilliant people could start businesses or make new scientific discoveries if they were free. The world would be a much happier and freer place.

The image below of a migrant who had hoped to make a better life for his family and drowned trying to avoid ICE has moved many people.

We are an immensely wealthy nation that could help all of these South American migrants multiplied by thousands and it would not change our GDP one percent. We have a moral duty as people lucky to be born free in a rich country to help others less fortunate. The only difference between turning away the boatloads of Jews fleeing Hitler and sending them back to their deaths, and the migrants now is the name of the dictator and the ethnicity of the refugees. People in 1941 said “not my problem” too. Millions died.

Pepsi vs Coke is an agree to disagree situation. Sending desperate migrants fleeing murderous dictators back to their home countries is most emphatically not.

Also, for those of you who claim to be Christian:

Exodus 22:21 “You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien; for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.”

Deuteronomy 24:14-15 You shall not oppress a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brothers or a foreigner residing in your cities. You will pay his wages on that day, before the sun sets (for he is poor and needs the money), lest he cry out against you to the Lord, and you are guilty of sin.

Deuteronomy 1:16 Give the members of your community a fair hearing, and judge rightly between one person and another, whether citizen or resident alien.

Leviticus 19:34 The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the foreigner as yourself, for you were foreign in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Leviticus 25:35 If any of your people become poor and unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner or stranger, so they may continue to live among you.

Leviticus Deuteronomy 27:19 Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless, or the widow.

Zechariah 7:9-11 This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’

Jeremiah 22:3 Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.

Malachi 3:5-6 “I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers, and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty.

Ezekiel 47:22 You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the foreigners who reside among you and have begotten children among you. They shall be to you as citizens of Israel; with you they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.

Job 29:15-17 I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and I championed the cause of the stranger. I broke the fangs of the unrighteous, and made them drop their prey from their teeth.

Matthew 25:35 I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.

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Joel Gross

Joel Gross is the CEO of Coalition Technologies.

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