The National Association of Evangelicals, which has all too rarely had something meaningful to say about our national public life in recent years, recently published an ad issuing a helpful call for immigration reform. In the light of the debate created by my recent blogs about the DREAM Act I thought this NAE call worth the attention of my readers. Here is the call itself:
Our national immigration laws have created a moral, economic and political crisis in America. Initiatives to remedy this crisis have led to polarization and name calling in which opponents have misrepresented each others’ positions as open borders and amnesty versus deportations of millions. This false choice has led to an unacceptable political stalemate. As evangelical Christian leaders, we call on Democrats and Republicans to lead our nation toward a bipartisan solution on immigration that:
Respects the God-given dignity of every person
Protects the unity of the immediate family
Respects the rule of law
Guarantees secure national borders
Ensures fairness to taxpayers
Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those
who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents
We urge Congress and the President to work this year to pass immigration reform that embodies these key principles and that will make our nation proud.
Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals
Jerry Dykstra, Executive Director, Christian Reformed Church of North America
Michael Gerson, Senior Fellow, Hastert Center, Wheaton College
Bill Hamel, President, Evangelical Free Church of America
Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland-A Church Distributed
Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church
Richard Land, President, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
Sammy Mah, President and CEO, World Relief
John Perkins, Chairman Emeritus, Christian Community Development Association
Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel and Dean, Liberty University School of Law
Berten Waggoner, National Director, Vineyard USA
David Wilson, General Secretary, Church of the Nazarene
Organizational affiliations listed for identification purposes only thus they do not represent the stance of the group with which the person is affiliated.
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