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Immigration Reform

The story of Jorge Garcia is heartbreaking. His parents brought him into the U.S. at 10 years old. Just like with my 10-year-old, when the family goes somewhere, he has to come and doesn’t have a choice in the matter. The difference is that our life of privilege and comfort has us going to places […] Read More

Baptist Call in Day for Dreamers: Baptists across the U.S. are encouraged to call, email, or write their elected Senators and Representatives on March 1, 2018, in support of passing a “clean” DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act – one that only addresses the status of “Dreamers” (undocumented immigrants brought to the […] Read More

Immigrants play a central role in the biblical narratives. Abraham – the father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam – began his journey of faith as an immigrant dreaming for a better day (Genesis 12-23). After the death of his father, Terah, Abraham had an important decision to make for the future of his family. He […] Read More

Despite Washington’s delays, a strong majority of Americans still favor immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship. A new report from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) found that 62 percent of U.S. citizens favor a path to citizenship, with 17 percent favoring legal status without citizenship and 19 percent favoring deportation for undocumented […] Read More

When did decisions stop being based on the right thing to do? Not a new question, but one that needs constant examination when one considers political expedience. That is, the use of words and actions calculated to help a candidate or party get votes. For example, in noting that immigration remains a contentious issue among […] Read More

Comprehensive immigration reform in the current Congress appears dead, another painful reminder of how broken Washington is and another promising opportunity for the church to be the church. “[W]e have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill,” announced House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) last week. “The idea that we’re going to […] Read More

The U.S. Senate has shown both courage and wisdom in passing the sweeping immigration bill. In order to get bipartisan support, the bill had to reflect the concerns of people across the political spectrum, and this has resulted in a bill that addresses the needs of security, business and immigrants. Scripture teaches us to care […] Read More

Border control is one of the lynchpins in comprehensive immigration reform. Political conservatives argue that the United States must secure its southern border before it moves toward providing a way for the undocumented already in the country to have a pathway to citizenship. In a June 19 interview, Fox News’ Sean Hannity asked Sen. Marco […] Read More

Praying for one another is one thing that Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship loyalists can do for one another, so argued a Texas Baptist editor prior to the annual meetings of the SBC and CBF. Marv Knox, editor of the Baptist Standard, observed that the two groups are unlikely to “remarry,” even though […] Read More

A New York Times article by Julia Preston, published on April 13, reports a shift of opinions on immigration policy among evangelical Protestants in the United States. In her article, Preston suggests that there is a division between “Evangelical leaders” and the majority of evangelicals, or “the faithful.” “Evangelical leaders” have “broadly united” behind immigration […] Read More