Seminary head to Trump: Continue to fulfill oath of office

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Chad Groening (

Trump at southern border with DHSAn evangelical leader has sent a letter to President Donald Trump regarding immigration and border security.

Dr. Richard Land is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC. His January 13 letter to the president says that many in Land's faith community strongly support Mr. Trump's efforts to protect and defend American citizens – specifically, "to stem the deadly flow of addictive and poisonous drugs" into the United States; and "to curtail the infiltration of dangerous gang members and violent criminals mixed in with those migrant caravans of people seeking relief from economic deprivation and civil or government violence in their countries of origin."

Land, who serves on the president's evangelical advisory board, tells OneNewsNow that this is clearly an issue of national survival.

"If all the people just from Latin America who wanted to come here were to come here, it would fundamentally alter the nature of the nation," he begins. "And the irony is that sooner rather than later, the people who desperately want to come here would find that the country has become more like the one they left than the one they aspire to join."

In his letter, Land emphasizes that this has nothing to do with race or ethnicity:

"We are a country of immigrants made up of many ethnicities and nationalities, but our heritage and culture of freedom and individual liberty, protected and respected by our government, is endangered when large numbers of people who have no such experience come to our country uninvited. There is a limit to the number of people that can immigrate to our country in a short period of time without changing that culture."

Land, Dr. Richard (SBC, ERLC)It's really a "question of national suicide," he continues with OneNewsNow. "If we don't control our borders, we will be literally engulfed by people from other countries – and they will fundamentally alter and change the American culture they found so attractive and wanted to come to in the first place."

Land says President Trump cannot back down on the issue of the wall.

"... Clearly, the Democratic Party leadership is into a full-blown resistance mode where they're not going to do anything that the president wants done," he observes. "And the president understands that if he gives in on this issue, his presidency is over – and he's not going to do that. He's not going to give in."

The seminary president says it's clear to him that the Democrats care little about the 800,000 federal workers affected by the government shutdown.

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