Volume 32
Issue 2
Winter '18

God and the Illegal Alien, United States Immigration Law and a Theology of Politics by Robert W. Heimburger

Written By: Chelsea M. Baltes

Abstract

 Robert W. Heimburger is Associate Chaplain with the Oxford Pastorate, Associate Researcher at the Fundacio´n Universitaria Seminario Bı´blico de Colombia, and Editor of IFES Word & World.1 Heimburger begins his book connecting to the reader on an emotional level with first-hand accounts of individual’s unsuccessful attempts to illegally enter the United States. In a culmination of studies and research he takes on the contentious topics of im-migration policy and law while throwing in the added delicate component of religion. Broken into three units, six chapters, Heimburger discusses; (1) how we arrived at the word “alien”, (2) a religious perspective on coming near to distant neighbors, (3) the development of an “alien” becoming illegal, (4) how immigration should be governed under God, (5) how individuals from physically close nations can become illegal aliens, and (6) showing justice and mercy towards neighbors. 

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