One thing that needs to be made clear is how complicated this issue really is. Sometimes we want to make an issue simply black and white. Most often things are more gray than we want to readily admit. I think immigration is one of those issues. As we pointed out in this series, immigration involves people. There are lives involved here. Lives that have all sorts of stories, backgrounds, hopes, dreams, desires, pains, etc. It involves lives for which our Lord and Savior died a cursed death on a cross. In light of this we must think things through before we attempt to make a point. M. Daniel Carroll R. reminds us:
An appropriate response to the complicated situation in society will not come from detached, objective analysis, cost-benefit calculations, efficiency quotients, and cultural arguments. The decisions that are made and courses of action that are recommended should be commensurate with the life of Jesus--his actions, his teaching, his cross. Analysis and calculations are necessary, but they must be informed by more transcendent beliefs and other overriding life commitments (p. 139).
There is also equal responsibility on both sides of the border. Those entering another culture must recognize their responsibility within the new culture, meanwhile, the host culture must likewise recognize their responsibility to the alien. Especially as Christians, who are "resident aliens" themselves in this world, hospitality is to be a hallmark of our lives. Ultimately, we will find "resident aliens will embrace resident aliens: respectful and mindful of differences, open to grow and change, reciprocal and mutual, personal and communal, assured yet with great risk, while confident in the light of the Word, the empowerment of the Spirit, the example of Jesus, and the blessing of the Father" (p. 140).
Regardless, followers of Jesus Christ must lead the way. After all, Jesus is the one who tears down walls that divide. We must take the ministry of reconciliation with us wherever we go, and that even applys to the issue of immgration.