Conservative Kris Kobach addressed St. Paul’s UMC Adult Sunday School class on the topic of immigration policy. He’s wrong, he’s wrong and he’s wrong.…
Mindful of his location, Mr. Kobach opened with a Biblical quotation — sort of. He said, in Exodus somewhere, God tells us not to move boundary markers. This shows the people are to respect national borders.
He might have been wanting Exodus 22:21 “Do not mistreat or abuse foreigners who live among you. Remember, you were foreigners in Egypt.” No, that’s not it.
Or perhaps Leviticus 19:34 “Instead, treat them as well as you treat citizens and love them as much as you love yourself.” Not, I don’t think he advocates the Levitical position of treating aliens the same as citizens.
Or even Deuteronomy 1:16 “When you settle legal cases, your decisions must be fair. It doesn’t matter if the case is between two Israelites, or between an Israelite and a foreigner living in your community. ” No, I’m pretty sure Mr. Kobach feels our laws should not treat foreigners the same way as citizens.
But I think he wanted the following: Deuteronomy 27:17 “Cursed is the man who moves his neighbor’s boundary stone.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
How this applies to immigration policy, I don’t really understand. But Mr. Kobach is a law professor, former candidate for Congress, and worked in the Bush administration on immigration policy. Maybe he knows something I don’t. I just can’t seem to connect the dots.
Sounds like an interesting time.