Friday, October 29, 2021

And God Shows Love Towards The Alien Who Lives Among You

What's going on:
According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services could end up paying out close to $1 million per immigrant family that were separated at the border. Sources told WSJ that around $450,000 a person is being considered, but could change depending on each family’s circumstances. 

Discussions of payouts have taken place over the course of the past few months between lawyers representing immigrant families that are suing the federal government and the government’s own lawyers, according to WSJ. Some government lawyers apparently viewed the payout amounts as excessive.

Margo Schlanger, DHS officer for civil rights and civil liberties during the Obama administration, told WSJ, “Damage class actions in this kind of case are pretty rare, it’s hard to think of a recent comparison.”
So "Biden Administration" here actually means the courts, which are hearing a torts case because of what the Trump Administration did. The Biden Administration is negotiating to do justice under law, because of the injustices of the Trump Administration.  The GOP, of course, is playing on peak ignorance of the case:

"Biden wants to pay illegal immigrants $450,000 for their hardship while breaking our laws," Crenshaw, R-Texas, a Navy SEAL veteran, tweeted. "For perspective, if a service member is killed in action, their next of kin gets an insurance payment of $400,000. Let that sink in."

No, they are going to be paid because "we" broke "our laws."  EOD. 

But I bring this up because of "Christian" Mike Pence.

"You must not wrong or oppress an alien; you yourselves were aliens in Egypt."--Exodux 22:21

"Do not oppress the alien, for you know how it feels to be an alien; you yourselves were aliens in Egypt."--Exodus 23:9

"You must have one and the same law for resident alien and native Israelite.  For I am the Lord your God."--Leviticus 24:22

"There is one and the same statute for you and for the resident alien, a rule binding for all time on your descendants; before the Lord you and the alien are alike.  There must be one law and one custom for you and for the alien residing among you."--Numbers 15:15-16

"So now you must circumcise your hearts and not be stubborn any more, for the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and terrible God.  He is no respecter of person; he is not to be bribed; he secures justice for the fatherless and the widow, and he shows love towards the alien who lives among you, giving him food and clothing.  You too must show love towards the alien, for you once lived as aliens in Egypt."--Deuteronomy 10:16-19

"If you amend your ways and your deeds, deal fairly with one another, cease to oppress the alien, the fatherless, and the widow, if you shed no innocent blood in this place and do not run after other gods to your own ruin, than I shall let you live in this place, in the land which long ago I gave to your forefathers for all time."--Jeremiah 7:5-7

Do I mean by this to apply the law of Moses to the United States, to hold us to the standards declared for ancient Israel?  No.  This is a testimony to the witness of the scriptures, that the alien, the stranger, is a sojourner with us, and to be treated as we are treated; especially to be treated according to the law, just as citizens stand before the law.  The witness of the scriptures is towards compassion.  If you are a Christian believer, one ground for that compassion is because "[God] is no respecter of person; [God] is not to be bribed; [God] secures justice for the fatherless and the widow, and [God] shows love towards the alien who lives among you, giving him food and clothing."  If you are a Christian believer, the Biblical witness is clearly toward compassion to the stranger, and care for them as if they were your own, in the nation or your family.

Mike Pence clearly thinks the immigrants got what they deserved under Donald Trump.  I clearly think that, not only is Mike Pence wrong, but his position is disgusting, not to mention contrary to law.

We've have quite enough of public officeholders preaching lawlessness when it suits them, and punishment under the law when it suits them.  There is one law for all of us, and that includes the immigrant and the stranger, "us" as well as the "others." 

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