My friend and colleague Noah Zatz just suggested an interesting idea: if religious organizations can get exemptions from the Affordable Care Act due to their deeply-held religious beliefs, why limit it to contraception? Why not include immigration law in the picture?
“You shall love the stranger, for you were a stranger in the land of Egypt.” This is not an isolated Biblical line: it is repeated no less than 36 times (really) in the Bible. So synagogues, churches, and mosques (musn’t forget mosques) should just make it clear that they should not have to obey immigration law: they will hire or provide services to anyone and everyone regardless of immigration status. Any attempts by any law enforcement agency to prosecute them or in any way harass or deport immigrants who are part of their religious communities violates their freedom of conscience to include them (not to mention their rights to freely associate).
Because it’s really about religious liberty, right? Right?