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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  February 6, 2019   

Trump: Securing our southern border 'is a moral issue'

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President Donald Trump made it clear during his State of the Union Address on Tuesday that securing America's southern border is clearly a moral issue for which lawmakers are responsible.

While social justice bishops like Newark's Cdl. Joseph Tobin are building a case for open borders and illegal immigration, President Trump during his speech laid out the immoral impact illegal immigration has on the common good.

This is a moral issue. The lawless state of our Southern Border is a threat to the safety, security and financial well-being of all Americans. We have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives and jobs of our citizens. This includes our obligation to the millions of immigrants living here today, who followed the rules and respected our laws.

Church teaching is on the side of Trump. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in paragraph 2241, teaches, "Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions." Part of those "juridical conditions," according to Trump, include building a wall to stop the flow of illegal immigrants from pouring across an open and, therefore, dangerous southern border.

"Simply put, walls work and walls save lives," said Trump.

Trump called out the left-leaning politicians who push for open borders and gun control why living in gated communities and protected by armed guards.

No issue better illustrates the divide between America's working class and America's political class than illegal immigration. Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards. Meanwhile, working class Americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal migration — reduced jobs, lower wages, overburdened schools and hospitals, increased crime and a depleted social safety net.

Watch the panel discuss Trump's morality in The Download—State of the Union Round-Up.

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