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'Invasion' or 'Huddled Masses'? 5 Christian Leaders React to Immigrant Caravan

'Invasion' or 'Huddled Masses'? 5 Christian Leaders React to Immigrant Caravan

Tony Suarez

Rev. Tony Suarez serves as National Vice President of Chapters for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, America's largest Hispanic evangelical association serving over 40,000 congregations in the United States and Puerto Rico. | (Photo: tonysuarez.webs.com)

The Reverend Tony Suarez, executive vice president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and member of the president's evangelical advisory board, expressed sympathy with those in the caravan.

In a pair of posts to his Twitter account on Monday, Suarez explained that the people in the caravan should be given a chance at asylum.

"There's nothing wrong or illegal with people approaching our border & applying for asylum. That doesn't mean we have to receive everyone that comes but they certainly can apply. This is one of those 'right ways' that people can come...like Ted Cruz's father when he sought asylum," tweeted Suarez.

"If it's wrong to seek asylum, remove this plaque from the Statue of Liberty 'Give me your tired your poor your HUDDLED MASSES yearning to breathe free the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these the homeless tempest-tossed to me I lift my lamp beside the golden door!'" he later added.

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