The One Who Showed Mercy

I would spend money on all these things instead of a physical border barrier:

Drones

Technology will be much more efficient at identifying undocumented border crossing. And the technology can be efficiently updated over time which would be mandated in all funding. I would remind us all that technology is improving at an accelerated rate

Coastal Security 

An increasing amount of illegal immigration happens at the east and west coast. Increased technology and physical personnel on the coasts is paramount 

Double or Triple the Number of Immigration Courts

More courts/judges means quicker adjudication, means less time for immigrants/asylum seekers in custody, means more efficiency

PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF FUNDING THE FUTURE OF IMMIGRATION POLICY FOR INDIVIDUALS CROSSING THE BORDER:

Humane interception 

I absolutely believe that immigrants and asylum seekers should be met with compassion and treated with the highest level of dignity. 

when he saw him, he was moved with pity

Once the technology/personnel identifies people trying to cross, they should be intercepted by personnel not just to be detained but to be assessed for medical needs. So not just enforcement agents but medics and maybe even social workers. Same at the coasts. 

He went to him and bandaged his wounds

While in custody great care should be take to ensure humane conditions (e.g. housing)

then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him

Even when individuals are not granted entrance they should be sent out of the country with an amount of material assistance.

the next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him’

I advocate for all of this not just because it is right to take care of those in need, but I also keep in mind that most who take the risk to come here illegally do so to escape violence and murder. In many cases our own policy is intertwined with those conditions 

A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead

I do form these opinions out of a religious conviction so I understand if you disagree. I don’t expect others to agree with my religious convictions. 

In fact if you don’t like them, you can probably go complain to your local church. Many if not most of them contribute funds to assist refugees and asylum seekers. Especially if that local church participates in One Great Hour of Sharing

Blame them

And me

Some religious organizations are even involved in resettlement in the US. The Devos Family is even on record for donating to those groups. So I guess you can blame them to.

But I accept my blame. And I don’t hide my belief. And to anyone who agrees with me, for religious reasons or not, I will continue to stand with you

Which of these, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Luke 10:36-37 NRSVCE

Common response: we should take care of the people in need here first 

My response: we’re perfectly capable of doing both 

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