'Invasion' or 'Huddled Masses'? 5 Christian Leaders React to Immigrant Caravan

Mark Tooley

Mark D. Tooley
Mark Tooley is the president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD).

Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion & Democracy, sent The Christian Post a statement on Tuesday regarding the controversy.

"Sympathy and compassion should be offered to all who endure difficult living circumstances no matter where they live," explained Tooley. 

"Central America is poorer and more unsafe than the USA. And much of the world is poorer and more unsafe than Central America."

Tooley warned that no country "can long survive with completely open borders," adding that the federal government "has a duty to protect our borders and to carefully determine who can enter."

"Persons who can walk into the USA should not be given automatic preference over persons from the other side of the world who have patiently applied for entry," said Tooley.

"A Christian understanding of statecraft includes upholding borders, rule of law and national interest, understanding that quick benefits for some may preclude assisting others."

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