The murder of Kate Steinle by illegal immigrant Francisco Sanchez has sparked a nationwide debate over the issue of sanctuary cities.

Now, churches are in the spotlight. Houses of worship in 23 states and Washington, D.C., are offering or supporting sanctuary for illegal immigrants. But do churches actually have a responsibility to turn those illegal immigrants over?

Pastor Robert Jeffress and Dr. Richard Land joined Leland Vittert on "Fox and Friends Weekend" to debate the issue.

"We’re not going to check the immigration status of people who attend our church, but we’re also not going to harbor illegal immigrants who are criminals like some of these churches are doing," Jeffress said.

Jeffress pointed out that many "liberal churches" that are offering sanctuary to criminal illegal immigrants assert that they’re following the example of Jesus.

"The only problem is they are following the Jesus of their imagination, rather than the Jesus of the Bible," Jeffress said, calling for a secured border and the enforcement of immigration laws.

Land countered that religious leaders shouldn't be aiding and abetting criminals, but when people show up at a church hungry, thirsty and desperate, they should be given help.

"Christ says this is a place where you’re going to get a cup of cold water, where you’re going to get some shelter, where you’re going to get some hot food," Land said. "And it's not our job to be asking for green cards before we extend the mercy of Christ."

Watch the full "Fox and Friends Weekend" debate above.


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