WASHINGTON – An immigration reform bill that includes a path to citizenship now appears unlikely, but there is a possibility of getting a path to some other form of legal status, speakers at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference's "Justice Summit" said Tuesday.
Republican leaders are now working on legislation that would provide legalization, but not a path to citizenship, for current unauthorized immigrants, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the NHCLC, explained. And, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has been a leading spokesperson for those opposed to the Senate's immigration reform bill, told Rodriguez he could support such a plan.
Several members of Congress met with the NHCLC during the two-day summit. more >>
WASHINGTON – Evangelicals have been misusing scripture in support of immigration reform, some evangelical leaders argued at a Friday panel discussion at The Heritage Foundation.
The Hebrew word that is most often translated as "foreigner" would be more akin to a legal resident, or the holder of a green card in the United States today, explained Dr. James Hoffmeier, professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
The Evangelical Immigration Table is a group of close to 200 evangelical leaders calling for immigration reform based upon a set of six principles. As part of its "I Was a Stranger" challenge, supporters are asked to spend 40 days reading and praying about 40 different scripture references to foreigners or strangers. Bookmarks are available showing the 40 passages. more >>
WASHINGTON - Denial and amnesia are currently taking over the context of civil rights in this nation, according to Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter, Bernice King, who spoke to Latino leaders at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) Justice Summit to urge them to continue their fight against social injustices in their communities.
"You're talking about taking on some monumental things: immigration reform, poverty and human sex trafficking, and these things don't happen overnight," said King. "There has to be a commitment that shows you're in it for the long haul. You can't go weary because in due season, you're going to reap if you don't faint."
Her message culminated the summit that brought together Hispanic leaders from around the country to address the most prevalent issues that their churches and people face today. Immigration reform was a heavily discussed topic throughout the event and one that King took on to encourage pastors to raise their level of commitment for, while warning that their fight will continue to be a struggle until change occurs. 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 >>
ARLINGTON, Va. – A legal expert and head of a conservative law firm has stated that government actions against religious groups over same-sex marriage and abortion are "red lines of liberty" being crossed.
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, told The Christian Post while part of an event in the Washington, D.C.-area on Monday that these red lines involve coercion on the part of government.
"These red lines of liberty are coming very rapidly. They're not just issues that are contrary to Christian values that you can coexist with," said Staver. "These are issues where the government is seeking to force you to affirm ideas and values that are completely contrary to your Christian faith." more >>
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and eight Christian leaders met in the Oval Office on Nov. 13 to discuss the faith community's role in passing immigration reform.
Months after the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" announced a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the Senate, little has happened on the legislative front in a political season that has been dominated by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and government shutdown.
Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, a progressive Christian social justice group, said that the meeting did not dwell on the specifics of the political challenges facing reform, but rather was the result of the president's curiosity on how the issue had been discussed within the faith community. more >>