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Must I report illegal immigrants?

Submitted: 4/12/2008
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Question: Does the law require that we report anyone? Malachi 3:5 says, 'And I will come near you for judgement: I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, and against those who turn away an alien because they do not fear me,' says the Lord of hosts. Are we not turning away aliens (mostly Mexican) if we are reporting them? God bless

Answer: We do not know what the law requires of private citizens concerning reporting illegal aliens. Your use of Malachi to support allowing people to stay in our country who came in without permission does not work. The Scripture you quoted is speaking of our personal responsibility to take people into our homes as we are able. It is similar to Hebrews 13:2, which says, 'Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.' These passages are speaking of the need to be hospitable (see 1 Timothy 3:2 and Romans 12:13). Deporting illegal aliens is a different matter altogether.