The Bible’s first confession of faith: “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien.” (Deuteronomy 26:5)
“We might ask: Did that wandering Aramean and his family have the proper documents to reside in Egypt? Were they “illegal aliens?” Did he and his children have he proper Social Security credentials? Did they speak properly the Egyptian language?
“We know at least that he and his children were strangers in the midst of a powerful empire, and that as such they were both exploited and feared. This is the date of many immigrants. In their reduced circumstances they are usually compelled to perform the least prestigious and most strenuous kinds of menial work. But at the same time they awaken the schizophrenic paranoia typical of empires, powerful and yet fearful of the stranger, of the “other,” especially if that stranger raises within its borders and becomes populous…
“Who today are the wandering Arameans?”
Dr. Luis N. Rivera-Pagán