Exodus 12:49 and Leviticus 24:22 – “There shall be one law for the native and for the alien who resides among you.”
Deuteronomy 6:10-13 – The people of Israel are made aware that the land had come to them as a gift from God and they were to remember that they were once aliens.
Deuteronomy 10:18-19 – “For the Lord your God…loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
I Chronicles 29:14-15 – David praises God: “We are aliens and transients before you…”
Psalm 146:9 – “The Lord watches over the strangers…”
Ezekiel 47:21-22 – The aliens shall be to you as citizens, and shall also be allotted an inheritance.
Matthew 25:31-46 – “…I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
Hebrews 13:1-2 – “…show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels…”
As exemplified above, in the Old & New Testaments, God commands kindness and welcoming the stranger or alien (foreigner) among the native population. The verses above are not the only verses in the Bible that state this message: there are many more. Trump’s anti-immigration policies are not just immoral; they are anti-Christian. I know evangelicals and fundamentalists view Trump as the Second Coming, but he is more like an Anti-Christ figure as he illustrates through all of his actions that he is the most unlike Christ.
If you consider a Jew, Christian, or Muslim; then you recognize the God of Abraham and know that She teaches compassion and to welcome and house the stranger or foreigner among you because once the Hebrews (Jews) were once aliens (foreigners) in Egypt before they gained their own land (Israel) and the prophets of God were taught to honor God by welcoming the foreigner among you. In the Book of Hebrews in the New Testament (13:12), it says you may be “entertaining angels unaware” and there were many instances of this in the Old Testament.
However, that is not the main reason: the primary reason you are to welcome or house the foreigner (or migrant or immigrant) is because it is the right thing to do and the moral choice. God is compassionate and merciful; loving and just; understanding and luminous (enlightening). If you ever find yourself in a situation when an migrant, immigrant, or foreigner asks for your help, give it. Read your Bible, Torah, or Qu’ran; welcome the foreigner among you as that is what God teaches us to do. Amen.