Skip to content

Your Cart


You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist

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

$110.00 (C)

Part of Law and Christianity

  • Date Published: December 2017
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from March 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107176621

$ 110.00 (C)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Today in the United States, millions of men, women, and children are considered 'illegal aliens' under federal law. While the presence of these migrants runs against the law, many arrive in response to U.S. 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 U.S. law while exploring Christian ways of understanding belonging, government, and relationships with neighbors. This is 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
    Read more

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107176621
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from March 2018
  • 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
    Robert W. Heimburger is Associate Chaplain with the Oxford Pastorate, Associate Researcher at the Fundación Universitaria Seminario Bíblico de Colombia, and Editor of IFES Word & World.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.