Ann Coulter on Immigration

In a recent interview, Ann Coulter was giving her views on what she considers lax immigration policies in the US. She was bothered by some judge administering the oath of citizenship in Spanish, rather than English. She went on to mock:

“How about the wheelchair-only section? How about the section for the blind? Look, wish these people well but we’re not running an international charity here. It’s insane for any country not to be using its immigration policies to bring in people better than us, not people who are instantly going to need taxpayer assistance. We have our own poor people. . . It’s people who live in America we should be taking care of and not bringing in people we have to help.”

She has a point. If America will use its many advantages to attract and keep the best from each country, we will grow even better. The other countries, of course, will be harmed but that’s their problem, not ours.

That’s exactly the kind of reasoning conservatives are using these days to justify their calls for deregulation of corporations and banks. Free them to trample more effectively on everyone else.

I am utterly baffled how Christians can add their voices to such heartlessness. And just as baffled that the people who think this way also tend to boast about America as “exceptional.” What makes them think unmitigated greed is exceptional and boast-worthy? Don’t they know that sin is common around the world? Greed, wherever it may be found, is ugly, unChristian, and non-biblical. Period. It makes for rotten souls and rotten nations. Period.

Jesus said in Luke 14:13-14, “When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

I’ll follow Jesus rather than Ann Coulter and I would love to live in a nation that does the same.

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About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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2 Responses to Ann Coulter on Immigration

  1. Galaxian says:

    I don’t like Coulter but I can get the one point about our having our own poor. If you are single in most U.S. states, you can’t get much if any government assistance no matter how desperate your circumstances might be. But an able-bodied undocumented immigrant who has a U.S.-born child can get an assistance package that includes public housing, Food Stamps, Medicaid, and a TANF grant based on the citizen status of that child. That’s why the folks you see in cardboard boxes beneath the viaducts rarely come from immigrant households. The culture in Latin America differs in that people tend to band together in large village networks, each of which acts as a unit with respect to the outside world. U.S. social welfare and immigration policy is oriented toward nuclear families; hence our system can be gamed by a large village or family group planting itself on both sides of the border.

    There’s something wrong with the current immigration situation, yet there’s an etiquette currently precluding honest discourse about it: People are smarter than PC credits them for, and they will do what they can to advantage themselves. I believe it is possible to have Christian love for others without wanting your country’s leaders to follow policies that are detrimental to your country in the long run. Until Christ returns, nations have borders and languages stand confused as they were at the tower of Babel. We seem to be one of the few countries that don’t know this. For these reasons, I favor international aid and limited immigration, but not the open-border policy multiculturalists prefer.

    • mthayes42 says:

      I agree that immigration does have to be limited but we still have to err on the side of generosity. In my view, people like Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and the hosts at Fox News are each far, far more detrimental to America than any ten thousand immigrants.

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