Dr. Barrett of ConservativeTruth.org made the statement this week, “Centuries of history prove that walls make a huge difference, which is why the number of nations building them has risen from 7 to 777 since WWII.”
However, Congress refuses to pass a spending bill that would build a wall on the southern border, which remains insecure and vulnerable to illegal aliens.
New House speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the wall “an immorality”.
So, is a border wall constitutional and should it be a priority?
Article 4, Section 4, of the Constitution states:
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion.”
Ask yourself, do the following facts about illegal immigration constitute an “invasion”?
- An illegal alien in the state of Arizona is twice as likely to commit a crime than a legal citizen.
- Ninety percent of all heroin and fentanyl come across the southern border.
- Over 10,000 children are illegally sex trafficked across the southern border every single year.
- There are 56,000 illegal immigrants in our federal prison system and countless in our state penitentiary system.
- The Washington Examiner reported that the financial burden on U.S. taxpayers every single year is a record $135 billion for illegal immigration. This covers their health care, education, and a huge law enforcement bill.
This is clearly considered invasion on a number of levels, and it is clear we need protection from invasion.
Therefore, we can conclude that a border wall is Constitutional.
Perhaps we should discuss fairness?
It is not fair that Americans should be deprived of exceptional individuals from across the world that have to fill out an application, NOT commit a crime, wait in a line for a decade to come into this country and maybe have a chance to become an American.
This leads us to perhaps the most important point of all: sovereignty.
We are not Mexico. We have a unique culture, we have a unique identity, and we most certainly have a unique American View of Government. That view obligates our government to “secure the rights of the governed.” If a wall offers the security we need from the devastating consequences of illegal immigration, then we ought to get started.
The Democratic Party is referring to the border wall as a “border barrier”.
But is it possible that the now majority speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has a wall that completely surrounds her mansion and estate? And is it likely that most members of Congress have one as well.
When asked about Trump’s promise to build a wall along the U.S./Mexican border, Pope Francis said:
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”
That is rather hypocritical. There are miles of walls up to 30 feet tall that surround much of Vatican City and the Castel Gondolfo, where the pope lives. These walls were originally constructed and the Swiss Guard established for what purpose? It was to keep out foreign invaders and protect the interest of the Roman Catholic Church.
Look, I do not lock my doors because I hate those who are outside. I lock my doors because I love those who are inside.
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As we watch this utter humanitarian disaster unfold on our southern border – a “man-caused disaster” if there ever was one – it’s natural to ask what insight we might gain from the Bible regarding borders.
What we learn from the Bible is that borders are God’s idea, and that such borders are to be respected. They are not to be crossed without permission.
Crossing a border without permission is like breaking in the back door of a house to help yourself to goodies instead of being invited in by the host through the front door. You might get to eat either way, in the same house and from the same cupboard, but in one case you would be doing something that will land you in jail, in the other upholding the rule of law and civility.
The Scriptures make it clear that national sovereignty, including clearly defined borders, is God’s idea. In Acts 17:26, we read, “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place…” (Emphasis mine throughout.)
Two things, we are told, are under God’s sovereign control: how long a nation lasts, and where its borders are. The verb translated “having determined” is the Greek verb “horizo,” from which we get the word “horizon.” It means “to mark out, to define.” So God has marked out and defined the borders of each country.
Our southern border is there by God’s design. To disregard it, to treat it as if it were not there, to regard it as something not worth respecting and defending, is an insult to the God who put it there for our benefit.
The bulk of the second half of Joshua is a record of the promised land being divided up among the 12 tribes. What is striking is how thorough and detailed the description of each tribal boundary is. In Joshua 15 the word “boundary” is found no less than 15 times in describing the perimeter of Judah.
For instance, here’s the description of the southern boundary: “It goes out southward of the ascent of Akrabbim, passes along to Zin, and goes up south of Kadesh-barnea, along by Hezron, up to Addar, turns about to Karak, passes along to Azmon, goes out by the Brook of Egypt and comes to its end at the sea. This shall be your southern boundary” (Joshua 15:3-4). Such detailed delineations go on for chapter after chapter.
Even regarding private property, curses were pronounced on anyone who moved a boundary marker, a stone which delineated the perimeter of privately owned land. Borders, boundaries and property lines clearly matter to God.
That such national boundaries are to be respected is made plain by no less a personage than Moses himself. In a largely forgotten passage, Numbers 20:14-21, we read that Moses sought permission from the king of Edom to cross his border and pass through his land. When permission was refused, Moses didn’t force his way in; he respected the king’s decision and went around Edom to the East.
Moses couched his original request this way:
“Please let us pass through your land. We will not pass through field or vineyard, or drink water from a well…we will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory.”
The king’s response? “You shall not pass through.” Moses tries a second time to secure an entrance visa. “We will go up by the highway, and if we drink of your water, I and my livestock, then I will pay for it. Let me only pass through on foot, nothing more.”
The king of Edom was utterly impervious to this plea for so much as a tourist visa. “You shall not pass through.” How did Moses react to this denial of permission to immigrate into and through the sovereign territory of another nation? Did he barge ahead anyway? Try to sneak in under cover of darkness? Did he launch a military strike to secure passage? Nope. “Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his territory, so Israel turned away from him.”
The lesson? Each nation’s sovereignty is marked by its border, and each nation has the moral right to decide who will be given permission to enter its sovereign territory. Moses recognized this, and so should we. The only exception is under circumstances of a just war.
Bottom line: borders are biblical, and are there by God’s sovereign design. And they are to be respected by everyone.
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