Exodus 23:9 commands,
“Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.”
A review of “Immigration in U.S. History” says this:
The history of immigration to the United States is, in many ways, a record of ethnic and racial conflict. Almost all new immigrant groups have faced a degree of resistance, ranging from quiet disapproval to blatant discrimination and violence, before being accepted as part of the American population. History books have traditionally romanticized the idea of the American “melting pot” in which the cultures of all ethnic groups combine into a new, unique American culture. More recently, however, many scholars have argued that becoming an American essentially entails adopting the ways of a dominant culture that is strongly based on Anglo-Saxon traditions and ideals; this phenomenon of adaptation has been termed “Anglo-conformity.” Nevertheless, immigrant groups have affected the culture of the United States in many ways, great and small.
As Christ-followers I truly hope that we will remember that we are looking towards a heavenly home. Therefore, we should be willing to invite people into our earthly homes to show them Christ’s reconciling work in our lives. Let us try to continue building up the name of Christ and his followers as those interested in reaching out to the oppressed and vulnerable instead of oppressing the vulnerable.