In today's News-Leader, Wendell Kerr said "If someone is in this country illegally, he/she has no legal rights. Deliberate breaking of laws is a criminal offense as well as sin. " http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051205/OPINIONS03/512050308/1006
Equating the breaking of a law to a sin is dangerous to a civil society. "Jim Crow" laws set forth many unjust conditions on select members of society. In light of this interpretation, the use of civil disobedience to change unjust laws would be a sin. When we mix religious and temporal affairs, we corrupt both.
The larger issue is one of human justice and human rights. Should one's accident of birth mean a condemnation to poverty and subjugation? Because one is born in Mexico, or Guatemala, or Algeria, or Somalia, does that forever condemn you to living in that condition? Are you barred the option of our ancestors, to leave the old behind and seek a new life for yourself and your children?
In the face of current U.S. immigration laws, many find that if they don't break the law, they are condemned to these fates.
God Bless America, and God help those who seek to better their lives.