The National Latino Evangelical Coalition will be working with faith-based organizations across the country to open up 600 beds to Central American children who have crossed into the country without their parents.
President of the NaLEC Gabe Salguero explained that over a period of 18 months, starting in August, churches and camps will likely receive thousands of children — the majority of whom are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — while they are waiting to be placed with their parents who are already in the United States or family members in the countries they are from.
"We have 15 partners on the ground where we're housing the kids, we're receiving them, feeding them, providing them with education," Salguero told The Christian Post, noting that the sites are located in Texas, Florida, Illinois, New York and California. more >>
MSNBC's "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough has praised media personality Glenn Beck for planning to send soccer balls and hot meals to the U.S. border amid an influx of immigrant youth from Central America, saying Beck is not playing by President Obama's handbook, but that of Jesus.
"A lot of people are saying that he's actually playing into Barack Obama's hands, that he's playing by Obama's handbook," said Scarborough, a former Republican Florida congressman, Thursday.
Beck announced Tuesday he will bring tractor-trailers packed with food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to McAllen, Texas, for the children on July 19. He will be joined by Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). In his party will also be a number of pastors and rabbis. more >>
For those harboring images of Jesus as a meek and mild, religious figure with naked baby cherubs encircling His frisbee-haloed head, the following biblical event may be challenging to consider. It happened as parents brought their kids to Jesus so He could "touch and bless them" (Mk.10:13), but His disciples resented the intrusion.
"When Jesus saw this, He became furious and told them, 'Let the little children come to me…" (Matt.10:14 ISV). Other translations say He was "moved with indignation" or "became indignant."
Why the intense display of emotion? more >>
President Barack Obama rejected a request from Texas Governor Rick Perry that he take a first-hand look at the crisis unfolding at the U.S. border with thousands of migrant children telling him "I'm not interested in photo ops."
He urged his critics, including Perry, instead to support his request for $3.7 billion so he can fix the problem at the border instead of playing politics.
"Are folks more interested in politics or are they more interested in solving the problem," Obama said he told Perry according to Reuters. "If they are interested in solving the problem then this can be solved. If the preference is for politics then it won't be solved." more >>
Megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas has argued that the most compassionate thing to do regarding the current border crisis involving immigrant children is to build a fence and prevent them from entering the country.
"The most compassionate thing we can do for these children is to secure the border," the pastor said in an interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends," broadcast on Thursday.
He used a comparison of home swimming pools in Texas: "If you're a homeowner with a swimming pool that doesn't have a fence around it, and a neighborhood child wanders in and drowns, you're liable because you have enticed that child into a dangerous situation. The remedy is to build a fence." more >>
Media personality Glenn Beck pledged Tuesday to help the thousands of illegal immigrant children at the U.S. border, warning that Americans "must open our hearts" to avoid punishing the children caught in the middle of a political fight.
"Through no fault of their own, they are caught in political crossfire," said Beck, according to a report in The Blaze. "And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts," he said.
In his announcement, Beck said he will be bring tractor-trailers packed with food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to McAllen, Texas, for the children on July 19. He will be joined by Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas. In his party will also be a number of pastors and rabbis. more >>