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 >>
Watching Democrats do immigration reform is like watching a guerrilla play with its feces. Watching the Republicans do it is like watching the zookeeper slip in the dung, then get pummeled by the guerrilla. The truth is that Democrats and the Whig corner of the Republican Party are battling over who gets to be the slave master, with Democrats wanting to enslave the American people and the Whigs - the Mexicans. There are few voices out there that sound like real Republicans, like our abolitionist forefathers who displaced both parties and led the nation to greater freedom.
One voice crying in the wilderness is Ted Nugent. In an op-ed for Worldnet Daily, Ted proposes his Nugent Immigration Plan or NIP - A plan that would deport gang-bangers and ne'er-do-wells while giving a five-year trek to those who want to achieve citizenship for a better future. It's kind of like a 60 month Tough Mudder but instead of receiving the orange headband at the end, you raise your Dos Equis to the golden ticket of American freedom. Ted's plan is unique, brilliant and daring and if enacted, would solve many of the problems of illegal immigration but even the Ted offensive falls short of realizing the root of the problem that is illegal immigration – Mexico.
You will never have "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" without addressing the root problem - Mexican corruption. No wall is sufficient to stem the tide of illegals if there is no enforcement on either side of it. The wall will simply be another government works program, a "Big-Dig- Paved with Good Intentions - Bridge to Nowhere" debacle that will be skirted as easy as the cartels avoid our border police. Not addressing the corruption in Mexico and only muting the corruption in D.C. is "tending to the symptoms while ignoring the disease;" it is giving a dying man a placebo. No plan that doesn't start and end in Mexico is for real. Now let's break down this whole situation logically. more >>
As long as progress is made toward reforming the United States' immigration system, members of the Evangelical Immigration Table are not disturbed at Speaker of the House John Boehner's announcement that the House would not take up the Senate bill, they said Tuesday on a press call.
"As long as you're engaged in dialogue and keep moving forward, I'm ok if they want to start over again," Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, said in response to a question from The Christian Post. "I'm not endorsing a single bill that is out there right now, but I am standing firmly behind the set of principles that the Evangelical Immigration Table has put forward."
David Cooper, president of Front Range Christian School in Littleton, Colo., responded that he would "echo" Staver's remarks. more >>
"When the government has the power to deny legal rights and due process to one vulnerable group, everyone's rights are at risk."
So says the American Civil Liberties Union on the section of their website dedicated to the issue of immigrants' rights. "No Human Being Is Illegal" reads the banner at the top of the page, a tacit indictment of any who don't tow the liberal line when it comes to immigration policy.
Scroll over to a different section of the website, and you'll find this: more >>