The DACA Decision: A Matter of Soul

Cooper White1

“You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9)
“Come, inherit God’s realm prepared for you . . . for I (Jesus) was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25:34-35)
There is more at stake in our national debate over the fate of the “dreamers” than immigration policy.  The very soul of who we are as a nation moving forward hinges on how we act toward these young sojourners in our midst.
At the heart of the great Abrahamic faith traditions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam—are mandates to love the neighbor, with special emphasis on welcoming strangers and those fleeing persecution.  God formed God’s own people Israel in an act of migration (the Exodus into Egypt).  When Herod sought to kill the newborn who was being proclaimed Savior, Jesus’ parents sought temporary asylum in a neighboring country.
Few issues enable the many disparate religious communities in our pluralistic nation to speak with one voice.  But on the matter of the Trump administration’s declared intent to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and deport hundreds of thousands of wonderful young women and men who are our neighbors, we so stand together.  The Central Conference of American Rabbis, leading Muslim imams, Catholic Conference of Bishops, National Association of Evangelicals, and bishops and presiding officers of virtually every “mainline” protestant church have issued pleas to reverse the proposed course and establish reasonable (though not automatic or easy) pathways toward permanent residency or

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