President Barack Obama announced in an address Thursday evening that his executive order on immigration will focus on deporting illegal immigrants with a criminal background, and said that it is not realistic to deport all illegal immigrants in the U.S. He will instead offer temporary legal status to parents of American children and to more "DREAMers," children who entered the country illegally with their parents but have been raised in the U.S., which could affect up to 5 million immigrants, effectively protecting them from deportation.
"If you've been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you're willing to pay your fair share of taxes – you'll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law," Obama explained.
"That's what this deal is. Now let's be clear about what it isn't. This deal does not apply to anyone who has come to this country recently. It does not apply to anyone who might come to America illegally in the future. It does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive – only Congress can do that. All we're saying is we're not going to deport you," he continued. more >>
I have to admit, there's painfully little I agree with our current president on. And time and time again, I have wished that he and the first lady would extend their concern for children to the most vulnerable and innocent children among us – the unborn. Tonight, in his speech on immigration, the president referred to "the legacy we must leave for those who are yet to come." I couldn't help but wish he would indeed take steps to protect those who are yet to come into our nation – those who are still inside their mothers' wombs.
Returning to immigration, though, I have to agree with his basic contentions. While I'm not convinced President Obama has quite as much power and authority as he thinks he does to take action alone, I do believe that some of his proposed plans are solid.
Here are three simple reasons why the president is right on immigration: more >>
Our immigration system has been broken for decades -- and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country.
Tonight, President Obama will address the nation to lay out the executive actions he's taking to fix our broken immigration system. You can watch the President live tonight at 8 p.m. ET at WhiteHouse.gov/Live.
This is a step forward in the President's plan to work with Congress on passing common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. He laid out his principles for that reform two years ago in Del Sol High School in Las Vegas -- and that's where he'll return on Friday to discuss why he is using his executive authority now, and why Republicans in Congress must act to pass a long-term solution to immigration reform. more >>
Institute on Religion and Democracy President Mark Tooley argued that Christian leaders should be affirming the rule of law in the immigration debate, as President Barack Obama gets ready to enact executive action on Thursday that will bypass congress.
"Shouldn't Christian, especially church voices, argue for lawful change and, where possible, some level of sustainable national consensus rather than political brinkmanship?" Tooley asked in a statement on Wednesday.
"Church elites and activists focused on immigration might be more helpful if they focused on creating consensus and trust, starting with their own constituencies. Such a consensus requires prioritizing security and rule of law, without which any eventual lawful legalization process becomes politically impossible." more >>
President Barack Obama needs to include the release of pastor Saeed Abedini, the U.S. citizen who's serving an eight-year sentence in Iran for his Christian faith, in the upcoming nuclear deal talks with Iran, said Jay Sekulow, the chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice.
"We want to see ALL Americans held in Iran's prisons freed and have been working for more than two years to secure the release of pastor Saeed as we represent his wife and two young children who reside in the U.S.," Sekulow said in an article for Fox News on Tuesday.
A deadline for a deal concerning Iran's nuclear capabilities is set to be reached on Nov. 24, and Sekulow suggested that the Obama administration is ready to trust that Iran will not create nuclear weapons, as it has promised. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that he trusts Iran's fatwa, a religious declaration, "enormously as a matter of religious edict." more >>
Myron Guiler wept.
I held the telephone receiver in my hand and listened as the Ohio pastor became overwhelmed with emotion.
"It's heartbreaking," he said. "I can't stand to see these 120 children go. It's my heart. I've poured my life into it." more >>