After speaking to a Sunday school class about immigration, a woman asked if she could talk to me. She pulled me aside and whispered, “I think there’s a girl in my daughter’s class this year who is, umm, not legal. What should I do?”

She explained that her daughter had befriended a new girl. When they talked, the student was evasive and said she wasn’t allowed to say where she lived for fear someone would take her mother away and send her back to Mexico. The woman asked me, “What should I do? Do I need to turn her in?”

I assured the woman that she had no reason to report the girl or her mother and suggested she encourage her daughter to invite the girl over instead. “But couldn’t we get into trouble if she’s not here legally?” the woman asked.

I often hear these kinds of concerns when I speak about immigration. Fear of being on the wrong side of the law creates confusion about how to respond to immigrants, especially those who may not be in the U.S. legally. Plenty of parents find themselves in similar positions as the woman I spoke with—unsure how to relate to new students or their families when their immigration status is unclear.

Immigration remains a divisive political topic, as President Barack Obama is expected today to announce an executive order aimed specifically at protecting from deportation children who illegally entered the U.S. at a young age and undocumented parents of children who are in the U.S. legally, reports The New York Times.

While Christians hold different political views on how the government should address immigration, in Lifeway’s most recent survey, nearly 80 percent of Protestant pastors agreed that “Christians have ...

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