Paula White said many Christians took the Bible “out of context.”

Paula White, the pastor of New Destiny Christian Center, recently visited Youth for Tomorrow , a foster facility in Bristow, Virginia, where several unaccompanied immigrant children are housed. These children were trafficked into the United States from Latin American countries like El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. She praised the facility, describing it as “amazing.” She expressed pleasure, pointing out that the center provided not only three adequate healthy meals, but also schooling, psychiatric care, medical care, clinician, language, and chapel services.

White, whose principal claim to fame is being promoted as spiritual advisor to United States President Donald Trump, discussed the logistics affecting the center's operations. She also stated her personal views on the U.S. immigration policies. A media company asked her about immigration as mentioned in the Biblical scriptures. Her reaction was acerbic. She spoke about tougher border laws and explained the fundamental difference between today's undocumented immigrants and Jesus Christ as a child refugee.

White seized the opportunity to criticize fellow Christians who she accused of taking Bible contents out of context. She said although Jesus was a refugee, he was not an illegal one. She claimed that even though Jesus lived in Egypt for about three years and six months, he never broke any laws. If he were, then he would not have been a messiah. Jesus was a baby when Joseph and Mary carried him to Egypt fleeing the violence. The statement made by White implied that the children smuggled into the U.S. by parents could be considered sinful, even though they had no say in this matter. It is to be noted the United States has a history of offering asylum to refugees escaping violence.

White said that every child present in the facility was assessed on arrival. This includes debt evaluation and medical tests. When asked by the media about the former, she explained that she heard, and subsequently learned, many unaccompanied children are practically dispatched to the United States by their parents. These children, she explained to the media, are brought to the country by human traffickers. Their parents reputedly paid any sums of money ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 so that their children could live in the United States. She claimed that in many cases, parents mortgaged their houses to cough up the amount of money demanded by the smugglers. Whether there’s any truth to these claims is unknown.

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