While half of all Americans believe that immigrants strengthen American society, more than half of white evangelical Protestants believe immigrants threaten traditional American customs and values according to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute.
The results of the survey which were released were collected as part of PRRI's 2015 American Values Atlas. The survey which includes more than 42,000 interviews conducted between April 2015 and early January 2016, examined Americans' attitudes about immigrants and support for immigration reform policy that provides a path to citizenship for immigrants currently living in the country illegally.
While a majority of persons belonging to religiously unaffiliated, non-Christian faith groups and non-white Christians hold a positive view of the contribution of immigrants to American society, white Christians "express substantially more ambivalence about immigrants" according to the survey. more >>
The upper house of the British Parliament shot down an amendment this week that would have forced the government to decide whether or not the Islamic State's persecution of Christians and other religious minorities is a "genocide."
According to the Catholic Herald and the Catholic News Service, the House of Lords voted down an amendment that would have required a High Court judge to determine if IS (also known ISIS or ISIL) is committing a genocide in the Middle East.
The proposal, which was an amendment to immigration legislation introduced by Lord David Alton, was shot down by a vote of 148 to 111. more >>
If Democrats really care about the plight of illegal immigrants flooding our borders, they should do a better job taking care of them before they reach voting age.
A recent Government Accountability Office investigation found the Obama administration lost track of thousands of immigrant children captured crossing U.S. borders. According to the Washington Free Beacon, of the 53,518 children captured crossing the borders in 2014, federal officials only "followed up with just 2.2 percent." The investigation also uncovered that the Office of Refugee Resettlement "failed to properly track children," endangering these kids and "leaving them vulnerable to abuse and trafficking." The report found some kids were handed off to folks who did not go through "vigorous background checks and may have criminal histories" or were "placed into homes with other illegal immigrants and non-citizens."
Way to go Democrats. more >>
MIAMI (Reuters) - Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparred over who was more committed to immigration reform at a presidential debate on Wednesday night, but both promised they would not deport undocumented immigrants without criminal records.
Debating in Miami a few days before Florida's crucial primary election, Clinton and Sanders took turns thrashing
Republican front-runner Donald Trump for his vow to round up and kick out millions of undocumented immigrants. more >>
A New Zealand Presbyterian church has blasted Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with an Easter billboard depicting Trump calling Jesus a "loser" at the crucifixion.
The Community of Saint Luke in Remuera also made the point of calling out Trump's constant depictions of himself as a "winner," while calling others "losers," by reminding Christians that Christ was rejected by society and died broke without any money.
"For those of us at St Luke's, the cross is about politics. Jesus was killed – violently, publically and shamefully – because he spoke truth to power and confronted the leaders of his day about their treatment of the outcasts," said Glynn Cardy, a minister at Saint Luke's. more >>
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has made a comparison between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, and said that there is no scenario in which Mexico would pay for a border wall, as Trump has suggested.
Peña Nieto accused Trump in an interview with Mexican daily Excelsior of offering "very easy, simple solutions to problems that are obviously not that easy to solve."
"And there have been episodes in human history, unfortunately, where these expressions of this strident rhetoric have only led to very ominous situations in the history of humanity," the Mexican president said. more >>