It is appropriate for the borders of the United States to be secured in order for immigration to conform to the laws of the United States. As people of faith we support immigration reform that reflects human dignity, compassion, and justice integral to a nation under God.
Apart from issues related to governmental jurisdictions, we believe the gospel compels us to minister to all who live and work within our country. Let us secure our borders, care for all families, and seek further expressions of Godly compassion and justice.
We further reaffirm the statement made by the NAE in the Resolution on Immigration of 1995:
As Christians, we are called to joyfully share our faith and hope with all people. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are guided by love. The Bible repeatedly declares God’s love and care for all people, and requires that “The same law shall apply to the native-born as to the alien living among you” (Exodus 12:49). Similarly, “You are to have the same law for the alien and the native-born. I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 24:22).
The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) is deeply concerned by a growing spirit of hostility towards immigrants and refugees who have become residents in our communities. While we recognize that some of our constituency feel strongly concerning issues of justice and law, we are all compelled by the love of Christ to act with compassion to our neighbors. Therefore, we pledge to eliminate the spirit of racism in any of our responses. While we recognize the right of nations to regulate their borders, we believe this responsibility should be exercised with a concern for the entire human family in a spirit of generosity and compassion (Deuteronomy 10:19, Leviticus 19:34).
Furthermore, we acknowledge that immigrants and refugees contribute much to the continuing strength and vitality of local communities and our country by their commitment to work, education, and the family.
We call upon our government, therefore, to maintain reasonable and just admissions policies for refugees and immigrants. As evangelicals responsible to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:39), we are called to show personal and corporate hospitality to those who seek a new life in our nation.