Are Sanctuary Cities Biblical?

Someone said to my wife recently, that we shouldn’t outlaw Sanctuary Cities, as theyre biblical, and we should do as the Bible says.

But what does the Bible say about cities which were set aside for “Sanctuary”. We read about Cities of Refuge in Deuteronomy 4:41-42:

“Then Moses set apart three cities in the east beyond the Jordan, that the manslayer might flee there, anyone who kills his neighbor unintentionally, without being at enmity with him in time past; he may flee to one of these cities and save his life.”

These cities were set aside because to kill someone was usually met with the death of the sanctuary-citiesperson who did the killing, even if it was unintentional.   If someone kills another person accidentally – is that person guilty of murder? No – he or she is not, and this is why these cities were set aside. Back in the day of Moses, the person who accidentally kills another person, could flee to one of these cities, and be judged by an impartial third party.  There was to be no retribution to the person seeking refuge.

Sanctuary Cities are providing refuge for INTENTIONAL lawbreakers, and God never intended refuge to be granted to someone who intentionally breaks the law. We are a nation of laws, and our immigration laws are clear. For those who came into our country illegally, intentionally broke our laws – and are not entitled to refuge.

What about the “dreamers” – those who were brought to this country as children. If they are adults now, then they had time to get things in order – and are not entitled to refuge.   If they are minors, they need to be deported with their parents. If they are minors here without their parents, then they need to be adjudicated per the law.

We are a nation of immigrants – yes, but immigration must be regulated by our laws. My grandparents came here through Ellis Island legally, they didn’t sneak across the border.

In other words – get out and get in line, like everyone else. No amnesty for anyone. We’re either a nation of laws – or not.

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