Leviticus 19:33-34 “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
As a wave of Syrian refugees attempting to escape the violence of the Middle East drew closer to the Hungarian border, Germany announced they would be welcoming in anyone escaping the civil war.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the situation the biggest migration crisis since World War II.
The announcement comes as some smaller nations have declared states of emergency because of the mass wave of people fleeing ISIS and the Syrian war. Macedonia first tried to use their military to keep out the migrants and when they were overrunning chartered trains to take the migrants directly to Germany or France.
German and French officials are working together to create a joint plan for all of Europe to deal with migrants from war torn areas. The outline will provide expedited asylum for those refugees as well as returning to home countries those who are not arriving from an area of conflict.
“There are moments in European history when we face exceptional circumstances, and these are exceptional circumstances that will last,” Hollande said alongside Merkel before they met for talks in Berlin. “So rather than wait and then cope on a day-to-day basis, we must get organized and strengthen our policies.”
Germany announced they expect to absorb 800,000 migrants this year, after only receiving 44,417 in the first six months of the year.
Officials are dealing with a wave of anti-immigrant violence. A shelter for migrants in the German town of Heidenau was attacked three consecutive nights despite police guarding the facility.