'Breaking the Law': Fox News Panel Slams Church Denomination For Sheltering Immigrants, Fighting Deportations

A panel on Fox & Friends condemned a church denomination over the weekend for sheltering immigrants and fighting deportations.

Trump administration officials on Sunday defended last week's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids on various Mississippi workplaces that resulted in the arrest of roughly 680 undocumented immigrants. The White House has since ordered ICE to seek out additional targets throughout the U.S. for future raids, according to CNN.

During a segment on Fox & Friends earlier today, host Pete Hegseth discussed the Evangelical Lutheran Church's (ELCA) move to declare itself a "sanctuary church" as the White House cracks down on illegal immigration.

"The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voting to become the nation's first, get this, sanctuary church body, pledging to shelter illegals and fight deportation cases. So is this crossing the line?" Hegseth asked his panel.

"We don't want to create a place in which the rule of law is not respected. That's not good for the nation, it's not even good for the immigrant who is looking for help to suggest to them that somehow, there's one place where you have to follow the law and another place that you don't," Fox News commentator Jonathan Morris said.

Fox contributor Robert Jeffress echoed Morris' sentiments. "That's right and look, churches ought to minister to everyone regardless of their immigration status, but there's a difference between ministering the people and assisting people in breaking the law," the American Southern Baptist pastor said.

"The church has no business in doing that. And look, the Bible is very clear about this," Jeffress continued. "In Romans 13, Paul says, 'Government is established by God. To resist government is to resist God himself.'"

"There is nothing about enforcing immigration laws, securing our borders, protecting our citizens, that violates the word of God," the pastor said. "If Christians don't like immigration laws, they are free to try to change those laws, but they are not free to break those laws."

"How would Islam look at this?" Hegseth asked Ahmed. "How would a mosque treat this particular situation as far as the rule of law?"

"Islam certainly asks all believers to support the authorities that govern them, and to undermine them is undermining the fabric of society," Ahmed said. "I do not support the undermining of American immigration policy. We as a nation have one of the most generous immigration policies in the world."

He added: "Let's be thinking about that part of our Christian family and leave the management of immigration to the authorities."

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan defended the recent ICE raids in Mississippi during an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday as "a criminal investigation" that "was already planned and in motion."

"You can't ignore people that are there without the proper permission to be in the United States," he told host Chuck Todd.

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A Fox & Friends panel on Sunday criticized a church denomination for sheltering immigrants and fighting deportations. Fox News/Screenshot