Tom Donohue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce president, just hurled a challenge to Republicans. If they don't pass amnesty for illegal aliens, they "shouldn't bother to run a candidate in 2016."
Somebody probably told him that outrageous statement was a gaffe, which means the inconvenient revelation of an embarrassing viewpoint, so Donohue tried to pass off his threat as a joke. But it isn't funny: Donohue's big-business members want us to import more low-paid workers, and they want them now, suggesting that this fall's lame duck session of Congress would be a good time to implement this racket.
And it is a racket. It's a carefully planned, well-financed scheme to use false arguments to import foreign workers who will keep wages depressed for American college graduates. more >>
A new documentary about immigration, "The Stranger," which will be shown in thousands of churches across the United States beginning Wednesday, seeks to both push lawmakers toward reforming immigration and to make churches a more welcoming place for immigrants.
The film emphasizes the brokenness of the current immigration system by showing how that system has harmed the lives of three immigrant families. It was directed by Emmy-award winning producer Linda Midgett.
In a Thursday interview with The Christian Post, she said her goal for the film was "to put a human face on" immigration, rather than view the issue through the lens of the political process of immigration reform. more >>
President Barack Obama on Friday proclaimed June as being the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month, after celebrating that his administration is also extending family and immigration benefits to legally married gay couples and calling for more freedoms for gays in the workplace.
"I, Barack Obama, president of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2014 as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month," declared Obama in remarks released by the White House Friday.
"I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people," he added. more >>
As President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress grapple with the contentious issue of immigration reform, Mexicans and other Central Americans are continuing to seek to cross the U.S. border illegally and some have been making the risky trip with prayers.
A recent report by Fusion on the illegal movement across the U.S. border highlights the social networking activities of young risk takers sometimes openly asking friends and family to pray for God's blessing in making their way to America, sharing even snapshots of their journey through selfies.
"Friends and family say a prayer for me, and my three friends - in a few minutes we are going to try (to cross)," wrote Lourdes*, a Mexican border crosser on her Facebook page. "Please, give me your best wishes and prayers, I will thank you with my heart, and thank you God for letting me make it this far, and I ask that you don't forget me, guide us." more >>
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging Congress to vote on immigration reform before the August recess without delay, saying that the time has long since come to enact major changes to America's immigration system and help suffering families that are being split apart by the current policies.
"Our strength as a nation is drawn from our diversity and the unique talents of persons from around the world. Under our current immigration system, we weaken our country, not strengthen it. By not acting, we alienate a generation of young persons, who are the future leaders of our country. We are saying "we do not want you or your families," Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami , who is part of the USCCB's Committee on Migration, said in a statement Thursday.
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Migration, lamented that each day, families are being divided by deportation, and as many as 100,000 U.S. children are being separated from their parents each year. more >>
Sojourners President Jim Wallis said that House Speaker John Boehner faces both a moral and a biblical choice regarding putting immigration reform up for a vote in Congress before the August deadline, or it will likely be delayed for another year.
"Fixing this broken system right now is the moral test for the common good of this Congress. One man stands in the way of that. One man can fix this system, by just allowing a vote. That's Speaker John Boehner," Wallis told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Wednesday.
"The faith community is going to be watching John Boehner very carefully, of whether he will make a moral decision here. The Catholic Church is completely clear about this. He is a Catholic, and his bishops have been clear, the pope has been clear - it's time for John Boehner to make the right moral choice. It's time for John Boehner to listen to and obey his own Catholic Church." more >>