In the midst of an unprecedented number of unaccompanied Central American children migrating across the Mexican-American border, Conservative and progressive Evangelicals have called upon Congress to authorize additional funds to address the crisis. The letter, signed by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference's Samuel Rodriguez, Sojourners' Jim Wallis, and World Vision's Richard Stearns, also asks the legislative branch to resist calls to weaken a human trafficking bill.
"Children are vulnerable even in the best of circumstances and warrant special protection beyond that offered to adults," stated the Evangelical Immigration Table letter. "This vulnerability is compounded among children who flee situations of criminal gangs, sexual violence, trauma and extreme poverty, without their parents to accompany them. Evangelicals are guided by Jesus' admonitions to welcome and protect children."
The White House suggested recently that it might be open to modifying a 2008 trafficking law, which currently allows migrant children to stay in the country for up to several years before receiving a hearing, but Evangelicals pushed back against any sort of amendment to the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act more >>
Members of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention toured two Texas facilities Tuesday that are providing temporary shelter to illegal immigrant children from Central America.
During their tour, members met with U.S. Border Patrol agents, spoke to children with the help of translators, and learned more about the work of pastors who are facilitating humanitarian efforts to meet the needs of immigrants who are flocking to the U.S.
"For me, touring the facility puts a human face on the crisis," Russell Moore, president of the ERLC told The Christian Post Tuesday after he toured the Customs and Border Protection facility in McAllen. more >>
Mac Pier, the CEO and founder of the New York City Leadership Center, sat down with The Christian Post earlier this month and shared about the state of the church in America's largest and most influential city. During his nearly 30 years in the city, Pier has helped to connect churches together through his work on the Concerts of Prayer, a network of congregations praying for each other; Movement Day, a national conference geared at helping churches work in an urban context; and the New York City Leadership Center, which seeks to equip Christian leaders within the city.
Below are excerpts from CP's interview earlier this month in which Pier reveals surprising facts about Christianity in New York. To watch the full interview, scroll down to watch the video embedded below.
1. "One of the demographic realities is that 90 percent of the active Christian church here is non-white." more >>
The shocking announcement that Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs is still sinking in. Most of those employees do not have a realistic chance of obtaining as good a job as the one they are losing.
In the United States, the number of engineering jobs has been sharply declining. In 2002 the number of electrical engineering jobs in the United States was 385,000, but despite increased demand for technology, the job total dropped to only 300,000 last year.
And that number is not even for American workers, because thousands of these jobs are soaked up by the H-1B visa racket, whereby companies like Microsoft can import and pay foreign workers less than it costs to hire an American. High-tech companies have thousands of foreign employees working on H-1B visas who are almost like indentured servants to the company, because they lose their right to be in our country if they leave their job. more >>
Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that he has directed Texas Adjutant General John Nichols to deploy up to 1,000 troops to the border to support the Texas Department of Public Safety's ongoing law enforcement surge, called Operation Strong Safety.
The operation, according to the governor's office, is focused on combatting criminal activity in the region.
"There can be no national security without border security, and Texans have paid too high a price for the federal government's failure to secure our border," Perry said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "The action I'm ordering today will tackle this crisis head-on by multiplying our efforts to combat the cartel activity, human traffickers and individual criminals." more >>
Two years ago in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin, the brand new $300 million dollar Yangmingtan Bridge collapsed without warning. Privately, experts speculated that costs had been cut during construction, making the bridge an accident waiting to happen. Here in America, we also have many social accidents waiting to happen. For example, our own southern border security is so weak that it too is ready to collapse at any moment, with the right amount of pressure. Therefore, rescuing the wrong children could compromise our national security.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, the number of unaccompanied children trying to enter the United States illegally has nearly doubled in less than a year. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports detaining about 50,000 children since last October, with thousands more crossing undetected. The children's presence is complicated by the fact that 75 percent appear to be from Central America-mostly Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador-and so they are more difficult to repatriate than Mexicans. The surge is far beyond the capacity of our holding centers, so hundreds are being bussed and flown to various military bases and other areas around the country.
Many of the children are suffering from contagious illnesses, including but not limited to scabies, lice, strep throat, measles, chicken pox and swine flu. Public health experts are also worried about diseases like tuberculosis, which can be contracted through the air. Texas Border Patrol Agent Hector Garza told Breitbart that 70 percent of Border Patrol agents were now reassigned to caring for the unaccompanied minors rather than monitoring the border. more >>