The failure of current immigration policies in the United States
has resulted in dire consequences: a significant increase in border
deaths, a proliferation of smuggling networks, prolonged family
separation, inhumane raids, a patchwork of local ordinances
criminalizing activities of immigrants and those who harbor them,
and the creation of an underclass-none of which are appropriate or
just outcomes for those holding Christian commitments.
Kinship Across Borders analyzes contemporary US
immigration in the context of fundamental Christian beliefs about
the human person, sin, family life, and global solidarity. Kristin
Heyer expertly demonstrates how current US immigration policies
reflect harmful neoliberal economic priorities, and why immigration
cannot be reduced to security or legal issues alone. Rather, she
explains that immigration involves a broad array of economic
issues, trade policies, concerns of cultural tolerance and criminal
justice, and, at root, an understanding of the human person.
In Kinship Across Borders, Heyer has developed a Christian
immigration ethic-grounded in scriptural, anthropological, and
social teachings and rooted in the experiences of undocumented
migrants-that calls society to promote concrete practices and
policies reflecting justice and solidarity.
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