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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: December 2017
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2017
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107176621

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

    Introduction
    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
    Conclusion.

  • 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.

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