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This is the mike gallagher show okay so what are christians to make of all the craziness surrounding the immigration debate i'll share a few thoughts with you next on breakpoint from the colson center for christian worldview here's john stonestreet with breakpoint on wednesday president trump signed an executive order to end the separation of families at the us mexico border now this decision to issue the order followed several weeks of protests including clear calls for the president to change the policy by evangelical leaders like franklin graham the executive order is an important step in the right direction but the larger immigration issue of course is still not settled and so christians will have an continuing opportunity to help direct the debate hopefully in a productive direction stiffer cult to believe that anyone the planet has not heard about this particular issue from the week given the noise that it's created but it's not so difficult to think that for many the issue of separating families at the border has been confused by the noise so here's a brief and oversimplified synopsis inmate with the attorney general nnounced zero tolerance policy that everyone including families with minor children who are caught crossing the border illegally would be referred for prosecution for complicated legal reasons minor children cannot be detained indefinitely with their parents specifically barring good reasons to the contrary they can't be detained more than twenty days and so this leaves the government with two choices it can either drop criminal charges and initiate deportation proceedings or can separate children from their parents while they continue with the prosecution now these same complicated legal reasons make the full impact of the president's executive order somewhat unclear that's why as i said earlier this issue isn't going away and it means christians have a continuing role to play in this debate and one important role we can have is to help tone down the rhetoric as dan coats the director of national intelligence and more importantly an old friend of chuck colson recently said political polarization and inflammatory rhetoric play directly into the hands of america's very active enemies see words like infestation to describe immigration or concentration camps to describe detainment facilities are not only inaccurate they inflamed the passions in a way that make reason discussion impossible in the same way too many refuse to acknowledge and understand that immigration is to use a word again complicated the question is how can we balance the competing interests of national security the rights of those seeking asylum and the need that our economy has for immigrant labor well something that seems to becoming a theme for us around the colson center is to say that as christians in this cultural moment we have to learn to walk and chew gum at the same time now what i mean by this is we might have to take positions on issues that are true but may cross party lines for example we can advocate for strong border security and the right of a nation to enforce its loss while still demanding our government treat people in a way that respects the sanctity and dignity of the human person we can say on one hand that parents shouldn't break the law with children but also that children shouldn't be punished for their parents breaking the law look the immigration debate currently is being driven by fear what would it look like to start this conversation over by talking about the image of god and the love of neighbor doing this will require not falling into the tribalism that afflicts contemporary american politics but christians have a team we have a cost that the will of god be done on earth as it is in heaven these past few weeks have seen many examples of christians embracing this 'cause npr's mara liasson pointed to the pushback from local leaders as contributing to the president's issuing his executive order see these leaders understand that it's proper to thank politicians when they do the right thing but to push them in the right direction when they don't and so should we for breakpoint i'm john stonestreet.

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