President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night address to the nation in which he laid out why he believes it is crucial to fund the construction of a steel barrier on the U.S. Southern border and other demands for border security has drawn different responses on social media.
While some of his most prominent white evangelical supporters took to Facebook and Twitter to praise the president’s remarks, evangelical and Christian refugee resettlement agencies used the opportunity to again voice their displeasure with Trump’s actions.
In the following pages are 10 reactions to Trump’s address to the nation on border security.
One of Trump’s most loyal evangelical supporters, Dallas megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress took to Twitter Tuesday night to call Trump’s speech “powerful.”
“Americans should thank God every day that we have a president like Donald Trump who takes his oath of office seriously and is willing to do whatever is necessary to protect this country,” Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas, wrote.
Jeffress, a Fox News contributor who has attended private events at the White House for conservative evangelical leaders, also defended Trump’s call for a border wall over the weekend by criticizing Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for calling the president’s demands “immoral.”
“The Bible teaches that the primary responsibility of government is to maintain order and keep its citizens safe, and there’s nothing wrong with using a wall to do that,” Jeffress said.
World Relief’s Jenny Yang
Yang, the vice president of policy and advocacy for World Relief, the evangelical refugee resettlement agency and humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, issued a statement that was shared with The Christian Post following the speech. World Relief is one of nine agencies authorized by the State Department to resettle refugees in the United States.
World Relief has been critical of a number of Trump’s policies pertaining to immigration and refugee resettlement.
“The President defined the situation at the border a humanitarian problem. He’s correct – it’s a humanitarian crisis for those that take on the dangerous trek to the border,” Yang stressed. “The U.S. can be both secure and compassionate. It is entirely right that our government invests in smart border security, restricting anyone who would harm our country while also keeping the U.S. open to those who qualify under our laws to enter including those with a credible fear of persecution.”
Franklin Graham, the son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, sounded off with his support of the president’s speech in a Facebook post on Tuesday night.
Graham, who is also president of the evangelical humanitarian aid agency Samaritan’s Purse, wrote that he agrees that the country needs “better security at our borders.”
“What we have now is not working, and that is a serious matter for our nation,” Graham contended. “Pray that God would give the President and Congressional leaders humility and that they would put aside their pride and work together on a compromise that would achieve the security we need.”
Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer who was the candidate of choice for many #NeverTrump conservatives in the 2016 presidential election, accused the president of using his office to “inspire unwarranted fear and hate in the hearts of Americans.”
“This is the work of a desperate, corrupt leader, not a president who seeks peace and prosperity for our nation,” McMullin wrote on Twitter.
Since defeat in the 2016 election, McMullin has emerged as a critic of the Trump administration.
“We will defeat him with truth, courage and charity for all,” McMullin wrote.
Bethany Christian Services CEO Chris Palusky
Chris Palusky, who leads an organization known for its foster care service but is also committed to serving victims of violent conflict, persecution, poverty and sex trafficking around the world, stressed in a statement that the U.S. should not be turning away children and families at the border.
“[W]e believe that organizations, private and government alike, should band together to meet immediate needs, provide safety, and allow them to seek long-term protection as U.S. law allows,” Palusky said.
“The best way to help families stay in their homes is to address the root causes that are forcing them to flee in the first place. Ending migration from Central America will never be accomplished through deterrence and threats — not when people are fleeing for their lives.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith