The pastor of a Dallas megachurch said Wednesday God is not necessarily in favor of having open borders like many people think he is.
Robert Jeffress, the pastor at the First Baptist Church, appeared on “Fox & Friends” and was asked about a letter sent by 3,400 church leaders to House Speaker Paul Ryan regarding immigration.
“While Christian compassion is one consideration, it’s not the only consideration in the immigration problem,” Jeffress said. “I mean, the Bible also says that God is the one who established nations and its borders. God is not necessarily an open borders guy, as a lot of people would think that he is.
“And thirdly, the Bible says God has ordained government to protect its citizens. So when you are talking about a biblical solution to immigration, yes, we need to talk about compassion, but we need to balance that with government’s real responsibility to protect its citizens.”
Jeffress added that he feels Pope Francis and other religious leaders have good intentions when they say that the United States and other nations should welcome everyone into their countries regardless of their immigration status, but those beliefs are misguided.
Those religious leaders “are sincere, but they’re sincerely confused about the difference between the church and government,” Jeffress said. “I think we need to keep those roles distinct.”
The Department of Justice announced last week that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would be phased out in March, which would leave roughly 800,000 people who are living in the United States subject to deportation unless lawmakers are able to come up with a solution.
The DACA decision has spurred a fierce debate on both sides of the issue, including from Pope Francis — who said breaking up families by way of deporting DACA recipients is not “pro life.”