While there has been much ado about Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) recent drop in favorability among Republican voters, the storyline has certainly been overplayed by the media.
Rubio is the only Republican that is both considered a future presidential contender and is publicly leading the effort for immigration reform. (Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is believed to be working behind the scenes but has avoided public statements.) Media articles about politics often prefer to write about politicians as if they are heading in either one of two directions – up or down. The reality, though, is usually more complicated.
Here are three reasons Rubio should still be considered a front-runner to become the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. more >>
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is under fire from members of his own party for suggesting that most undocumented immigrants are drug mules.
King was addressing the issue of unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents when they were minors for a July 18 interview with Newsmax.
For child of an unauthorized immigrant who becomes "a valedictorian," he said, "there's another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds, and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act." more >>
WASHINGTON – Immigration reform legislation that gives legal status to the children of undocumented immigrants, but not to their parents, would be unacceptable, Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said Wednesday in a press conference that followed a meeting with Speaker of the House John Boehner and other Republican leaders.
"Legal status for children, at the exclusion of the parents would be egregious," Rodriguez said. "We're pastors. We pastor families, not just children. We stand committed, without compromise, to family unification. So, we would be vehemently opposed to any legislative piece that legalizes children while their parents can be deported. That's anti-family, anti-Christian, anti-American. We will not accept it. Period."
At a Tuesday committee hearing, though, some Republicans suggested they would be willing to do just that. more >>
WASHINGTON – An Evangelical Immigration Table leader responded Wednesday to Eric Metaxas' criticism of the group. Metaxas withdrew his support from the group for their perceived endorsement of the Senate immigration reform bill. The EIT has not and will not endorse any particular piece of legislation, the Rev. Gabriel Salguero told The Christian Post at a press conference.
Salguero began his remarks by noting how much he respects Metaxas, a popular evangelical author and speaker.
"Eric is from my city (New York), and I respect him very much," Salguero answered. "I particularly like his work on William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. So I have much respect for him." more >>
Leaders of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, America's largest Hispanic Christian organization with over 40,000 member churches, are traveling to Washington, D.C., today to meet with Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other top House Republicans in an effort to revive stalled immigration legislation.
NHCLC President Samuel Rodriguez told The Christian Post Tuesday that the goal of the meeting is to dispel Republican fears that the Hispanic community is committed to the Democratic party and to argue that Hispanic evangelicals have more in common with the Republican party on family, faith and religious liberty issues.
The NHCLC will meet White House officials at 9 a.m. ET, then meet with 19 House Republican leaders at 1 p.m. ET A press conference is scheduled for after the meeting at 2 p.m. Also at 9 a.m., the Evangelical Immigration Table, which the NHCLC partners with, will hold a press conference outside the Capitol. That press conference will be followed by a worship service at Church of the Reformation. After worship, attendees will be visiting the offices of House members to express their support for comprehensive immigration reform. more >>
A Gallup Poll released on Monday has found that more Americans agree with the Democratic Party over the GOP regarding immigration reform, with minorities heavily backing the former.
"What we really want is a bipartisan solution. This is the only way we can move forward," the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said of the poll results in a phone interview with The Christian Post on Monday. "I'm advocating for a moral solution – that reflects our ideals, which are: respect for human dignity, and respect for the law."
According to Gallup, 48 percent of all U.S. adults sided with the Democrats, compared to 36 percent with the Republicans on the issue. The results, however, varied significantly when it came to the opinions of minorities. Blacks favored the Democrats over the Republicans 70 to 14 percent. Hispanics backed Democrats 60 to 26 percent, while the support was almost evenly split for non-Hispanic whites – 41 percent sided with the Democrats, 42 percent with the Republicans, while 16 percent did not give an opinion. more >>