(DFW.CBSLOCAL) — The leader of one of Dallas’ largest congregations is facing some criticism, based on statements he made on a national newscast.

After Pastor Robert Jeffress offered an assessment on the border crisis involving unaccompanied minors, some accused him of invoking scripture in an inappropriate manner.

Dr. Jeffress told CBS 11’s Steve Pickett while Jesus loved children, he also respected the law. In that context, Jeffress believes a complete act of compassion for these children starts with tightening the border they’re allowed to cross.

“If people want to see what I actually said about this issue, they need to click on the interview I did with Fox & Friends yesterday,” directed Jeffress. He added, “I think the most compassionate thing we can do for these children is secure the border.”

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