The National Immigration Forum told The Christian Post Monday that no money from a George Soros foundation was used for the Evangelical Immigration Table, and, despite reports to the contrary, funding from the Chamber of Commerce was used to pay for EIT radio ads.
Some conservative media and bloggers have recently claimed the EIT was funded by Soros, "birthed" by Soros, or is a Soros "front group." The implication behind some of these claims is that the evangelical leaders involved in the EIT are being used, or bamboozled, by Soros, whose billions are often used to back liberal causes.
Last week, The Christian Post spoke with Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, senior editorial advisor for The Christian Post, and a member of the EIT, about the issue. Rodriguez contacted the NIF to find out if George Soros was, indeed, the secret benefactor for the EIT. Rodriguez was informed that no Soros money was used for the EIT. Rather, the funding came from "Paul Singer, a Republican hedge fund billionaire, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Walmart, and other leading Christian business owners." more >>
An atheist woman whom the USCIS asked to deliver proof of membership to a church by Friday or risk the rejection of her U.S. citizenship application after she declined to "take up arms to defend the United States" on moral grounds, was relieved of the request by the agency and approved for citizenship by the agency on Thursday.
A report from Divided Under God noted that Margaret Doughty, 64, who is originally from the U.K. but has lived in the U.S. for 30 years, objected to bearing arms under the conscientious objector status but was told by the USCIS that only religious-based objections are valid and was given until Friday to prove she qualified.
The Evangelical Immigration Table is planning a number of events bringing attention to immigration reform to coincide with next week's vote in the U.S. Senate for an immigration reform bill. Events will include letter writing, a week of prayer, and a mobile billboard in Washington, D.C.
The Senate is voting on amendments to the bill, S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, this week and is expected to hold a vote on the entire bill next week.
At 10 a.m. every day next week, June 24-28, evangelical leaders will gather at Peace Circle near the U.S. Senate to pray that the senators will "transcend partisanship and vote for commonsense immigration solutions that include an achievable roadmap to citizenship," according to a press release. A number of evangelical organizations that are part of the EIT will participate, including, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Sojourners, the National Association of Evangelicals and World Relief. Pastors involved in the effort have also been gathering signatures for a letter writing campaign to their representatives in Congress. There is also an associated website – pray4reform.org. more >>
WASHINGTON – A Hispanic pastor, who oversees an organization devoted to helping the Hispanic American community, believes that the energy moving toward immigration reform has increased greatly.
The Rev. Luis Cortés, Jr., president of the Philadelphia, Pa.-based organization Esperanza, told The Christian Post at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, that compared to several years ago, the attendees were "more enthused" over the progress on immigration reform.
"When we had the event two years ago, there was less movement on the immigration issue. So we're more enthused by the fact that it is being discussed in the Senate," said Cortés. more >>
The growing influence of Hispanics in evangelical Christian churches and organizations has been a blessing, Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, said in a Wednesday night speech at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and Conference in Washington, D.C.
"The NAE is an association of denominations, organizations, churches, schools, relief and development agencies and networks of evangelical Christians. It is increasingly Hispanic as we are blessed by the partnership and leadership of so many of you and your churches," he said.
The reason Hispanics have been a blessing, he explained, is that the Church in the United States has been in decline, but many of the Hispanics in the country came from other nations where the Church is energetic and growing. These Hispanics, and other immigrants, will revive and renew American Christianity. more >>
While some have claimed that the Evangelical Immigration Table's recent ads calling for immigration reform based upon six principles were funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, The Christian Post has been informed by the organization that no Soros money was used for the ads.
"No funding from George Soros has been used by the Evangelical Immigration Table," the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, senior editorial advisor for The Christian Post, and a member of the EIT, informed CP.
In a June 2 article for Breitbart.com, Matthew Boyle claimed that the EIT "is actually a front group for players on the institutional left including billionaire George Soros and the Ford Foundation, according to Breitbart News and other outlets." more >>