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God and the Illegal Alien

God and the Illegal Alien
United States Immigration Law and a Theology of Politics

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Part of Law and Christianity

  • Publication planned for: November 2017
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2017
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107176621

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  • The migration movement of peoples across borders is a concern for many societies today. Millions of men, women, and children crossing borders without documents or overstaying visas are considered 'illegal aliens' under federal United States law. While the presence of these migrants runs against the law, many arrive in response to US demand for cheap labor and stay to contribute to community life. This book asks where migrants stand within God's world and how authorities can govern immigration with Christian ethics. The author tracks the emergence of the concept of the illegal alien in federal United States law while exploring Christian ways understanding of belonging, government, and relationships with neighbors. A thought-provoking book that provides a fresh response to the difficult issue of illegal immigration in the United States through the context of Christian theology.

    • The development of US immigration law and the term 'illegal aliens' is explained through three historical narratives
    • Readings of biblical passages in conversation with theologians feed discussion of the questions illegal immigration brings up for a Christian understanding of politics
    • Critically examines federal US immigration laws to provide a fresh, theological approach to illegal immigration
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: November 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107176621
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2017
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Immigrant as Alien:
    1. How the alien emerged: allegiance, English law, and federal immigration law
    2. Coming near to distant neighbors in God's world
    Part II. The Alien as Unlawfully Present:
    3. How aliens became illegal: sovereignty, Chinese migration, and federal immigration law
    4. The humble guard: governing immigration under God
    Part III. An Unlawfully Present Alien From a Neighboring Country?:
    5. How nationals of neighboring countries became illegal aliens: non-discrimination, Mexican migration, and federal immigration law
    6. Justice and mercy among neighbors

  • Author

    Robert W. Heimburger, La Casas Institute, Oxford University
    Robert W. Heimburger serves as Associate Chaplain with the Oxford Pastorate, coordinating the Developing a Christian Mind course within the Oxford Character Project. He is also Associate Researcher with the Theology and Displacement project at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia (FUSBC), Founding Editor of International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) Word and World, and Chair of the IFES Theological Advisory Group.

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