Funny how that exclusionary mindset developed in a country founded and built by immigrants.<quoted text>No doubt...but IMO, its in spite of Xtian-dom, not truly because of it.
I dont doubt that many good people have done good works (uh oh!, works) and they say its because of their faith, or that their faith aided them, etc - but I ask you, is it because of their faith or simply because they are that type of person? Because IMO, there clearly is that type of Human as there are many others. Across denominations, and across the spectrum of hard-faith and soft-faith, or none at all.
People flock to the West not because of Xtianity - but for the Democratic ideals, the freedom to pursue their own choices, to do better than their parents, ancestors, etc...and while Xtianity has certainly been a part of those systems...its not exactly been the brightest-light of those systems.
And its certainly not a bright-light in the USA, where marginalizing and vilifying those immigrants, casting various peoples as outsiders and unworthy of American Democratic advantages, etc - has been the norm among the great Xtian population than has been the opposite. The first and usually the loudest voices not wanting any group or individuals to partake of their American civil rights has been Fundamentalist Xtians!
The USA has spawned a unique protestant brand of religion, very clannish and very regional, battling anything not perceived to be from their own 'tribe'.
On the other hand, Catholicism is a Universal religion and we recognize our brothers and sisters from around the world as an image of the holy family looking for a place to stay.
Jesus commanded us to care for the homeless, disenfranchised and needy.
"And the king will say to them in reply,‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Then he will say to those on his left,
‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
stranger and you gave me no welcome,
naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
Then they will answer and say,‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’
He will answer them,‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ "