Evangelical groups are asking how many more families will be broken apart due to lack of action on immigration reform in Congress, after House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that such reform will have a tough time going forward due to Republican distrust of President Barack Obama.
"With a strong majority of Americans, including evangelicals, wanting leaders to fix our broken immigration system, immigration reform is going to happen. The only question is how many families will be broken up and how much our communities have to suffer until Washington acts," Sojourners President Jim Wallis, who is part of the Evangelical Immigration Table, told The Christian Post on Thursday.
While immigration reform groups praised Obama's call to action on the issue at the State of the Union last week, and have urged bipartisan support to fix America's broken immigration system, such legislation has stalled in Congress. more >>
A number of Christian and immigration reform advocacy groups have expressed hopes that legislation on the issue will move forward following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday.
Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, commented that Obama's remarks are an "encouraging sign" toward immigration reform this year.
"Immigration holds a unique space in today's Congress as one of the few issues with such unparalleled bipartisan support," Noorani noted. "On the heels of tonight's encouraging remarks from both sides of the aisle, we look forward to a productive 2014 for immigration reform." more >>
Kathy DiFiore is the real-life woman at the heart of the soon-to-be released movie "Gimme Shelter." DiFiore has helped hundreds of young, pregnant women bring their children into the world and along the way has worked with such figures as Mother Teresa. She spoke with The Christian Post about her work with pregnant teens as well as the film and its depiction of her work with one particular young lady.
CP: How many girls have you been a "mother" to?
KD: As a Christian, I believe that the Holy Bible is correct in that someday we will be judged and that Jesus is preparing a place for me when I leave this earth. When I go to my place, I want to see pictures all of the people I have helped and the good work I have done. And then I'll take the time and we'll count and count and count … and then I'll be able to answer that question. That's not my style – my style is to work on fixing today's problem and then tomorrow's and the day after. more >>
Among the millions of families celebrating Thanksgiving this week are many Native Americans who see it as a time to come together and give thanks, but some are reminding their fellow citizens that there is very little understanding of indigenous peoples' history in the U.S., and that the path to reconciliation is still a long one to walk.
"It feels like our Native community is an old grandmother, who has a very large and very beautiful house. And years ago, some people came into our house, and locked us upstairs in the bedroom. Today, our house is full of people. They are sitting on our furniture, they are eating our food, they are having a party in our house. They've even come upstairs and unlocked the door to our bedroom, but it's much later, and we're tired, we're old, we're weak, we're sick, and so we can't, or we don't come out," reflects Mark Charles, a speaker and writer located on the Navajo Reservation in Fort Defiance, Ariz., in a video posted earlier this year titled "Being Native American in the US."
"But the thing that is most painful, is that virtually no one comes upstairs to find the grandmother in the bedroom. Nobody sits down next to us on the bed, and simply says: 'Thank you. Thank you, for letting us be in your house.'" more >>
The Young Conservatives group at the University of Texas-Austin is creating headlines with the invention of a new game entitled "Catch an Illegal Immigrant." The game has caused a great deal of debate about immigration, which is exactly what the group wants. Now, though, the chairman of the group has canceled the event due to the publicity and "uproar" of many.
Students at the University were supposed wear a label with the words "Illegal Immigrant" on it, and those participating in the game were invited to "catch" those students and bring them to the Young Conservatives' base. Anyone who did so would have received a $25 gift card as a reward.
Almost immediately, the group faced criticism and opposition for the game, and now Chairman Lorenzo Garcia has released a letter of apology and canceled the event. In his letter to the public, he noted that the $25 reward "was misguided" and said he only wanted to "get attention for the subject" of immigration and hopes that the publicity "will create debate among students." more >>
President Barack Obama and evangelical leaders have pledged to make the issue of immigration reform the top national priority following months of delays due to the Syria crisis and government shutdown.
"President Obama is not alone in making immigration reform a top priority. Across the country, local and regional conservative leaders continue to showcase their considerable support for members of Congress who back commonsense and bipartisan reform," Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said in a statement.
Obama pledged on Tuesday in an interview with Univision that "the day after" the fiscal crisis has been resolved, he will push for a vote on immigration reform. On Wednesday, political leaders finally reached an agreement on a temporary government funding bill and a temporary extension of the nation's debt limit, which will at least delay further decisions on the topic until the beginning of 2014. more >>