Victor Carmona is an Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. He has served migrants and urban communities with the Mexican Conference of Catholic Bishops (CEM-Movilidad Humana) and the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Those experiences continue to influence his teaching and research on immigration ethics, Catholic Social Thought, and Latino/a theologies.
The Trump administration’s most recent actions at the border signal the end of all pretense by the president—and many in his base—that Christian ethical principles should meaningfully inform U.S. immigration and asylum policies. Patriotism and faith have become indistinguishable.