By Tammy Alexander
Recent headlines speak of a “European migration crisis” and a “U.S. border crisis.” Politicians declare that efforts to stop migration are “urgent”—an “emergency.” Putting the focus on the “burden” of wealthy countries, however, rather than on the needs of refugees, negates the responsibility we have to offer a helping hand to those fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries.
Both the Old and New Testament offer clear guidance on how to treat such refugees. In Deuteronomy 24:18-22, the Israelites are instructed to leave a bit of the harvest in the field for the immigrant, the orphan, and the widow. In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus is clear that we will be judged on how we treat the immigrant, the sick, the poor.
Last year, the U.S. saw an increase in the number of women and children from Central America seeking refuge…