A Dallas pastor is breaking with thousands of other religious leaders, saying immigration policy should not be solely based on "Christian compassion."
Last week, more than 3,000 pastors and evangelical leaders sent a letter to President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging them to protect recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, says compassion cannot be the only factor in the immigration debate.
"These leaders got one component of this immigration debate right: Talking about Christian compassion. ... But while Christian compassion is one consideration, it's not the only consideration in the immigration problem," Jeffress told Fox News. "The Bible also says that God's the one who established nations and its borders. God is not necessarily an open borders guy as a lot of people would think that he is. … So when you're talking about a biblical solution to immigration, yes, we need to talk about compassion. But we need to balance that with government's real responsibility to protect its citizens."
Jeffress also criticized Pope Francis for questioning Trump's move to end the Obama-era program that protected people under the age of 18 who were brought to the U.S. illegally from deportation.
"I think these leaders and the pope are sincere, but they're sincerely confused about the difference between the church and government," Jeffress said.