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Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Christians Launch Ad, Grassroots Campaign Calling for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: (Washington, DC) – According to Faith in Public Life, “Evangelical Christians from across the ideological spectrum will launch a national grassroots and ad campaign calling for comprehensive immigration reform that is consistent with biblical values Monday at 11:30 AM on Capitol Hill. Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will mobilize at least 200,000 letters, tens of thousands of calls, and hundreds of lobby visits to Members of Congress by the August recess. Ads announcing the campaign will run in Roll Call and CongressDaily on Monday to coincide with the launch.”

Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (see Joint Statement of Principles below, see it with signatories) is a of coalition Christian organizations, churches, and high profile leaders, including, World Evangelical Alliance, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Evangelicals for Social Action, Sojourners, Christian Community Development Association, We Care America, The Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, American Baptist Churches USA, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Methodist Church, Mennonite Church USA and Church World Service.

WHO: Jim Wallis, Founder, Sojourners and Author, God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, America’s largest Hispanic Evangelical organization, serving 10,700 Hispanic evangelical churches with 15 million members, Marcos Witt, Pastor of one of the largest Hispanic congregations in the U.S., Lakewood Church (Joel Osteen, Senior Pastor) and Latin Grammy award winning singer Rev. Dan Soliday, CEO, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc., Rev. Derrick Harkins, Pastor, Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, Washington, DC and World Relief Board Member.

Also attending the press conference and available to answer questions are: Juan Hernandez, President, Hispania and one of the foremost experts on U.S.-Mexico immigration reform; Mark Gonzalez, Hispanic Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; and Jen Smyers, Immigration and Refugee Policy Church World Service.

WHEN: May 7, 2007 at 11:30 AM

WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 628

Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Joint Statement of Principles

1. We believe that all people, regardless of national origin, are made in the “image of God” and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect (Genesis 1:26-27, 9:6).

2. We believe there is an undeniable biblical responsibility to love and show compassion for the stranger among us (Deuteronomy 10:18-19, Leviticus 19:33-34, Matthew 25:31-46).

3. We believe that immigrants are our neighbors, both literally and figuratively, and we are to love our neighbors as ourselves and show mercy to neighbors in need (Leviticus 19:18, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:25-37).

4. We believe in the rule of law, but we also believe that we are to oppose unjust laws and systems that harm and oppress people made in God’s image, especially the vulnerable (Isaiah 10:1-4, Jeremiah 7:1-7, Acts 5:29, Romans 13:1-7).

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  3. Efus McWawa Says:

    PEDDLE YOUR PABLUM IN MEXICO, AND TAKE ALL THE ILLEGALS BACK THERE WITH YOU!

  4. Marie Says:

    If you think the right thing to do is to allow the poor and hundled masses into the U.S., why don’t we just open our borders and allow all of them in, especially since Mr. Stark thinks the U.S. doesn’t really belong to us. The way the U.S. came into being should not be an issue now. For the most part, the people who are in the U.S. now came here legally, have fought wars to protect us, and have worked hard to keep and maintain this great nation, under God. What each of us do as Christians to help those less fortunate should be an individual choice, not one that is foisted upon us by our greedy government, who is only looking to fill its pockets and the pockets of big business; whose agenda is not to help the poor Mexicans, and whose agenda is to turn us into a North American Union. The bottom line is that each step on this slippery slope is leading us toward socialism, and an end to private property, and what is already happening — an exploitation of workers (American, Mexican, etc.).

    My Presbyterian church does many, many things for less fortunate people, including 100% support of an orphanage in Mexico, but it is our choice to make, not our government’s choice to make for us, and not the choice of those of you are want to allow illegals to cross our borders. You cannot help the huddled masses by drowning our country in poor people. If we sink, there will be one less country to do what they can to fight injustice, and to help those less fortunate.

    People who want to help the illegals are only seeing the faces of the poor, huddled masses, of which there are a certain percentage; you are not seeing the huge percentage of criminals, drug trafficers, etc., who are being allowed into our country. You should check out the LAPD website, and look at gang activity. There is a chart that shows how many gang members there are in L.A. There are over 20,000 hispanic gang members (a majority), and a much smaller population of other gangs, including gangs that have been in our country for a much longer time, like the Crips and Bloods. Fairly soon, you will not be able to recognize our country. If you want to leave your children and grand children another third world country, full of crimine and disease, just let the illegals continue to flow across the border.

  5. repentnlive Says:

    Someone told me that America is a conservative Christian country.

    I was wondering that how these secular, liberal groups in America can see the pain of these oppressed sinners ( I mean the ” illegal aliens ” who broke US immigration law - the unforgivable sin ) & I saw these non-Christians showing compassion towards their sufferings in such a way that they are far better than the religious ones.

    It reminded the Word of my Lord in the book of Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

    When I looked at the other side ( I mean the “Church” - the Christian brothers & sisters ); I found the teachers are too busy in finding the arguments against evolution, abortion, homosexuality etc… from an interpreted simplified version of their Bible. Yes it is important that they need to define their own Jesus first to justify their work as well as to teach their doctrine for survival. These days many preachers are trying to stay in safe side hoping that they will find a Jesus of their interest someday soon. ( I wanted to exclude the Catholics and few Evangelical groups but their little campaign for reform does not convincing me that their actions are from the love of my Lord )

    I hope that they will not answer my Lord as it is written in the same book of Matthew 25:44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

    I pray that the Churches in USA will find my Lord Jesus Christ someday and become real Christians who find joy in following the Lord Jesus in this small world to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

    Real Christian will not fear; Jesus Gave himself in the Cross believing in Father.

    2 Corinthians 9:10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.

  6. Wes Says:

    I won’t dispute…just agree :)

  7. So, is anyone here prepared to refute what Thom has been saying? Anyone?

    ∗crickets …

  8. Thom Stark Says:

    The entire article by Chomsky, entitled “Notes of NAFTA: ‘The Masters of Man’,” can be found here.

  9. Thom Stark Says:

    A “Concerned Christian” wrote that “Central and South Americans, including Mexicans, need to use their faith in God to fix their own countries.”

    Interestingly, it turns out the United States government, propelled by the interests of transnational corporations, banks and investment firms, has in fact had a big hand in creating the widespread poverty that “Concerned Christian” believes it is up to Mexican “faith in God” to fix.

    For more on this, Zach De La Rocha interviews Noam Chomsky on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and globalization. Here are the links: Part 1, Part 2. This interview was conducted several years after NAFTA was ratified.

    In an April, 1993 article, published in The Nation, Chomsky details just a few of the effects NAFTA would have on Mexican economy and agriculture:

    The Labor Advisory Committee concluded that the executive treaty would be a bonanza for investors but would harm U.S. workers and probably Mexicans as well. One likely consequence is an acceleration of migration from rural to urban areas as Mexican corn producers are wiped out by U.S. agribusiness, depressing still further wages that have already dropped sharply in recent years and are likely to remain low, thanks to the harsh repression that is a crucial element of the highly touted Mexican “economic miracle.” Labor’s share of personal income in Mexico declined from 36 percent in the mid-1970s to 23 percent by 1992, reports economist David Barkin, while fewer than 8,000 accounts (including 1,500 owned by foreigners) control more than 94 percent of stock shares in public hands.

    Who, I ask, are the “illegals” in this scenario?

  10. Thom Stark Says:

    So there it is. P.J. is after all an advocate of the doctrine of Manifest Destiny. That is what enables him to completely evade my point, and his responsibility toward “those people.”

  11. P.J. Zac Says:

    I hope both of you gentlemen? feel better now that you have gotten it all out. Do you want to give America back to the original owners? Do you want to change history? Go for it. Give the native Americans and the Mexicans back what was taken from them. I want to keep what we have. This is where we are in history. If you want to read a book, get “State of Emergency”, by Pat Buchanan. I will not belittle myself by calling you names, like you called me a hypocrite or idiot. We all have our own opinions and we all feel a certain way about this problem. I must have struck a huge cord with you and you in turn have struck a huge cord with me. God Bless the Future of America!

  12. Right on, Thom. Thanks for the suggestions. I do hope all involved in this conversation actually reads them. Yes, it’s been lively ’round these parts as of late. :)

  13. Thom Stark Says:

    Well, it’s like I said… Get a book!

    Here are four:

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown
    A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
    Year 501: The Conquest Continues, by Noam Chomsky
    Freeing the World to Death, by William Blum

    Read these four books and come away from them saying the stuff you’re saying now. I dare you.

    Shawn, your blog certainly is lively. Thanks for the good discussions.

  14. @P.J. Zaccaro: It’s really hard for me to have an authentic conversation with a person who recklessly wields an inherently demeaning phrase like “these people.”

    @Thom: Well said! I’m not sure if folk who play the “God, Guns & Guts card” actually understand systemic injustice and issues at all. Honestly, I’m not sure if they even consider the realities created by such things.

  15. Thom Stark Says:

    Right on, P.J. I’m with you. It’s our manifest destiny, baby! Might makes right! It’s only illegal if you lose, and the Natives clearly lost. Hooray for genocide and mass-theft in the name of enlightenment! God, guns and guts are STILL making America free!

    You people’s sense of history is astounding. “We the legal American citizens”? Are you kidding me? “Our great country”? A country founded on systematic genocide that fought a war for “independence” so that the elite upper class Colonials wouldn’t have to pay 10% taxes to a “tyrant” who dared tax them without representation. Nevermind the fact that representation for taxation didn’t exist anywhere in the world at that point; it was a philosophical abstraction. In the meantime, those who fought the war against British “tyranny” continued to systematically murder, mutilate and starve the Native Americans, all in the name of enlightenment, of “manifest destiny,” of purging “God’s country” from the barbarians who were naive enough to trust the promises of the white man. You have got to be kidding me! Get a book.

    “These illegals are going to be the downfall of our great country.” Get a life! This country fell before it could stand. The very existence of the United States of America is the result of a mass, systematic, crime against humanity.

    “This country is divided because of these people.” Not even close! If this country is so neatly divided as you say it is on this issue, it is not the fault of those the powerful deem to be “illegal”; it is the fault of those who are so embedded in consumerist capitalism they are blind to the reality that we who purport to be “legal citizens” have less claim on this land than any Mexican.

    The truth is, we stole Texas from Mexico because a couple hundred fat, rich, white people liked the place. They were the illegals, not the Mexicans. If you want to claim that “illegal” Mexicans ought to go back to Mexico, then you need to start talking seriously about giving Texas back to Mexican sovereignty, and a good portion of California too. Until then, you’re either a hypocrite or an idiot, and frankly I hope you’re an idiot. That’s more easily remedied.

    And until you’re ready to talk seriously about who’s here illegally, you better start looking for different language than “legal/illegal.” That’s just going to come back to haunt you. Why don’t you start talking about “poor/wealthy” or “disenfranchised/elite,” and see where those notions take you.

    Or are you actually a believer in the doctrine of Manifest Destiny? If that’s the case, make it clear up front for us. That’ll make it clear to all parties that we’re coming at each other from incommensurable perspectives.

  16. P.J. Zaccaro Says:

    We, the legal American citizens are not responsible in any way for these illegal aliens who have invaded our great country. They came on their own illegally and should be sent back as the felons they are. These people need to turn to the governments and fight for their rights in their own countries. We the American middle class taxpayers, are tired of taking care of the world. These illegals are going to be the downfall of our great country. This country is divided because of these people and it will only get worse.

  17. Ray Says:

    “As Americans, we must reject xenophobia and discrimination,” said Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. “At the end of the day, how we deal with immigrants is a diagnostic of the spiritual health of our nation.”

    The first sentence, above, is an outright insult to me and the majority of Americans. We do not hate or fear strangers or foreigners. We fear the Islamic terrorists and their threat to destroy us. We fear increased crime and drug trafficking. We fear losing the “quality of life” in this country. We fear the “dumbing-down” of The United States. We fear anarchy brought on by failure to enforce our laws. We fear becoming a third world country. We fear losing our sovereignty. I personally fear weak politicians who do not represent the interests of the people who elected them.

    I agree with the second sentence; though not in the way in which it was intended. This is, indeed, a pivotal time for this Country; and our response to immigration (legal and illegal) may well determine our future. Mr. Rodriguez may be an American, a Norte Americano, but his allegiance is not to The United States.

    Mr. Rodriguez suggests that anyone who does not support illegal immigration is unchristian. This is another insult to me and to the eighty-some-odd percent of God fearing people in this Country. I was raised Southern Baptist and go to Catholic Church with my wife. I suggest that all religious leadership councils who have taken a pro-illegal immigration stand have failed to properly research the issue and, as a result, are guilty of misguided compassion.
    Ray

  18. Frank Livingston Says:

    Some of our local churches have decided to support illegal aliens to the point whereby some of them are hiding them against Federal law. It would be next to impossible for ICE to do their jobs by arresting those involved. However, we can put pressure on them where it hurts, their pocketbook. Here is a thought; we put together a simple coupon size document that says,

    I am against illegal immigration and the church enjoys no taxes because the church is not political. However, when you support illegal immigration, you are spending my tax dollars on an illegal activity and breaking a Federal law. Therefore, I will not fund the church until it backs stops illegal immigration support.

    We send this out and encourage those who oppose illegal immigration simply cut out the coupon and put one in each donation envelope at church meetings.

  19. @Alex: The last paragraph of your comment is perfect. Well said, indeed.

    @Kyle: Wow. That’s perfect too. In fact, may I quote that statement in the future? It’s Gospel.

  20. Kyle Says:

    Suffering the penalty for breaking a bad law is a fair price to pay for doing what’s right in the eyes of God. :)

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  23. Alex Says:

    Interestingly later comments.

    And I’m glad that they note, along with the earlier vociferous comments, the similar problems of low wages, illegality, and work to be done. But as an American Christian, I appreciate solutions that get beyond the rhetoric of fear and actually address root issues.

    The American market gives us both the problems and potentially the solution. While it’s easy to ahistorically warn of mass alien violence, the tough, realist position recognizes that supply follows demand. From prohibition to the drug war it’s clear that we can’t wall off demand. We can either erect walls and militarize to play lots of cat and mouse game or we can get serious.

    Frankly, we have to work together to address wider causes like global poverty, our artificially low minimum wage, and fear of others. It’s our country and our money, so let’s make smart, comprehensive laws, not narrow, angry diatribes in creating a culture for our children.

  24. Calling illegal aliens “undocumented workers” is like calling a bank robbery an “undocumented withdrawl.” Changing the label does not change the reality that what these people are doing is against the law, just like the crime of a bank robber.

    Most of the laws we already have on our books are good. And if we were to simply enforce them, much of this problem would solve itself over time.

    I agree that it shouldn’t take ten years or more to go through the steps to become legal, and this in part is why so many sneak into our country illegally. This problem can be fixed, and should be fixed.

    I hate no one. Nor do 90% of the people on my side of this argument. Nor are we racists.

    I welcome anyone and everyone who enters our country legally, and will do everything in my power to aid them in establishing a new life.

    Both the illegals, and the businesses who hire them should suffer the penalties of breaking the law. We cannot have a social order where lawbreaking is rewarded. It tears at the very fabric of our culture, and with time, will diminish everything that makes America what it is–not perfect–but pretty darn good.

  25. Dave Says:

    Too much Lou Dobbs in some folks’ diets. We do need a serious conversation about American wages getting driven down; placing the blame on undocumented workers ducks the hard questions and scapegoats a vulnerable group that needs compassion from people of faith.
    Among the reasons we need comprehensive reform is to restore the rule of law in this country. It’s all well and good to make pipedream hateful comments about undocumenteds on a blog, but doesn’t get us any closer to a country in which the law actually applies. Comprehensive reform brings real, enforceable laws with it, while also preserving the multicultural heritage that is so central to America.

  26. Beth Says:

    While I understand the concerns about following the law (after all, we have laws for a reason), I do think that in this case, our immigration laws are not just and as such, people of faith are not obligated to follow them (there is a great history of Christians resisting unjust laws, just look at the Civil Rights movement or those who sheltered people from the Nazis). It often takes decades to get a visa to come to the United States legally, especially for citizens of countries like Mexico. If I couldn’t feed my family in my home country, I don’t think I would wait 20 years to move somewhere else.

  27. Katie Says:

    A lot of folks commenting have expressed concern about immigrants driving down wages for other American workers.

    This is exactly why COMPREHENSIVE immigration reform is needed: to protect immigrant workers, and ALL workers. In our current system, immigrant workers have few rights and are easy to exploit. This can create downward pressure on wages for other workers. Comprehensive immigration reform will reverse this trend by giving immigrant workers rights in the workplace — maximizing the leverage of all workers with employers to earn fair wages. Comprensive immigration reform also includes strong protections for U.S. workers: recruiting American workers is prioritized and temporary workers cannot be hired in areas of high unemployment.

    Moreover, the notion that immigrant workers are a drain on the system is a fallacy: they pay consumer taxes, and often even payroll taxes, with no hope of ever getting any of those dollars back. By bringing them out of the shadows, we will enable them to be even more productive members of society.

    God bless!

  28. T S Says:

    Quit twisting the bible to allow unlawful, illegal people who want to destroy America into this country!!! I am a Christian, a Catholic, and I believe what you are doing is hurting America…

    Just because the illegal aliens government is corrupt and they can’t take care of their own, I am not responsible!!! This is not about religion or taking down people, it is about something against the law…

    This is a land of laws that protect you and your religion, not one that supports law breakers!!! Stop your crazy campaign and pray for the security and welfare of our country and our citizens, not illegal law breakers!!!

  29. So many Christians are either ill-informed about what the Scriptures actually teach, or they are stubbornly resisting the whole truth.

    Mercy is the ministry of the Church, not the state. The role of the state is Justice. Both mercy and justice are Biblical responses to lawlessness.

    When Christ offered Himself upon the cross, He wed mercy with justice. God did not give us amnesty from our sins. Christ embraced our penalty and took upon Himself the justice that was due us. Thus, the penalty was paid. God did not wink His eye and say, “I will let your lawbreaking go this time.” No. He exacted the penalty due us from His Son.

    What happened on the cross was a legal transaction.

    Mercy and forgiveness are priestly functions. The ministry of Jesus Christ on the cross was a priestly one. The Church, too, is to perform priestly functions, acting as a dispenser of God’s grace and mercy. We are to show mercy to all whom we can.

    The state however, does not have a priestly function. In God’s structuring of things, the state’s role is to bear the sword, to make sure that justice is done.

    Christian socialists like Mr. Wallis want to make the state the church. They either do this willfully, or ignorantly. For example, when our government set out to right the wrongs of past racial injustices, changing the laws and enforcing them was all they should have done. This was clearly a correct application of justice. But they did not stop there. They began to function in a priestly role as well, seeking to re-order and re-shape society at large.

    Socialists want the nation made over in their image, forced upon us from civil authority. They want us to think a certain way, to speak a certain way, and to act a certain way. This is nothing more than a religion. And it ISN’T a Christian one.

    Amnesty for lawbreaking illegal aliens and the corporations that hire them will bring nothing but more chaos, more confusion, and the further deterioration of our culture. And this has nothing whatsoever to do with the race or ethnicity of the illegals. It has everything to do with “winking” at the lawbreaker. And that can only take us as a nation, even further down the path to destruction.

    When Christ returns He will come, not as the High Priest, but as the Righteous Judge.

  30. Ronald Jennings Says:

    What is wrong with you. The term Illegal” mean anything to you. This country wants illegal aliens for the CHEAP LABOR and VOTES, THATS all. I feel sorry for the aliens but the United Stated cannot feed-house and give jobs to them. They are taking other AMERICANS jobs. Most Immigrants come to this country LEGAL. They want to be an AMERICAN speak English and contribute to the US. The illegal wants to work and send all their income back to their country. They do not want to be an AMERICAN. We need to wake up and see WHAT the Illegals are doing to this country. United States needs to ENFORCE the LAWS. JUST ANOTHER CHRISTIAN that want the United States to ENFORCE their LAWS.

  31. May I ask where in the world all of you folk are coming from? Seriously, who is directing you to this blog? Where is the link? How did you find this post?

    Too, Jesus would be so very proud of your preference of nationalism over his way of living and being in relationship to neighbors. Seriously, the Gospel in not the property of anyone’s flag. Period.

  32. C. Ammel Says:

    If you ask me you are cherry picking scriptures from the Bible to validate your views. The same can be done on other issues. For instance, why don’t you endorse what the Bible says about interracial marriage?

    Deuteronomy 7:2-3
    2 and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. 3 Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons,

    Joshua 23:12-13
    12 “But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them, 13 then you may be sure that the LORD your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the LORD your God has given you.

    Judges 3:5-7
    5 The Israelites lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 6 They took their daughters in marriage and gave their own daughters to their sons, and served their gods. 7 The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD; . . .

    Ezra 9:1-3, 10-12, 14
    1 After these things had been done, the leaders came to me and said, “The people of Israel, including the priests and the Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the neighboring peoples with their detestable practices, . . . 2 They have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, and have mingled the holy race with the peoples around them. And the leaders and officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness.” 3 When I heard this, I tore my tunic and cloak, pulled hair from my head and beard and sat down appalled. 10 “But now, O our God, what can we say after this? For we have disregarded the commands 11 you gave through your servants the prophets when you said: The land you are entering to possess is a land polluted by the corruption of its peoples. By their detestable practices they have filled it with their impurity from one end to the other. 12 Therefore, do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons or take their daughters for your sons. Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them at any time, . . . 14 Shall we again break your commands and intermarry with the peoples who commit such detestable practices? . . .

    Ezra 10:2-3, 10, 19
    2 Then Shecaniah son of Jehiel, one of the descendants of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the peoples around us. But in spite of this, there is still hope for Israel. 3 Now let us make a covenant before our God to send away all these women and their children, in accordance with the counsel of my lord and of those who fear the commands of our God. . . . 10 Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, “You have been unfaithful; you have married foreign women, adding to Israel’s guilt. 11 Now make confession to the LORD, the God of your fathers, and do his will. Separate yourselves from the peoples around you and from your foreign wives.” 19 (They all gave their hands in pledge to put away their wives, and for their guilt they each presented a ram from the flock as a guilt offering.)

    Nehemiah 10:28-30
    28 “The rest of the people–priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, temple servants and all who separated themselves from the neighboring peoples for the sake of the Law of God, together with their wives and all their sons and daughters who are able to understand– 29 all these now join their brothers the nobles, and bind themselves with a curse and an oath to follow the Law of God given through Moses the servant of God and to obey carefully all the commands, regulations and decrees of the LORD our Lord. 30 “We promise not to give our daughters in marriage to the peoples around us or take their daughters for our sons.

    Nehemiah 13:23-27
    23 Moreover, in those days I saw men of Judah who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon and Moab. 24 Half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod or the language of one of the other peoples, and did not know how to speak the language of Judah. 25 I rebuked them and called curses down on them. I beat some of the men and pulled out their hair. I made them take an oath in God’s name and said: “You are not to give your daughters in marriage to their sons, nor are you to take their daughters in marriage for your sons or for yourselves. 26 Was it not because of marriages like these that Solomon king of Israel sinned? . . . 27 Must we hear now that you too are doing all this terrible wickedness and are being unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women?”

    1 Kings 11:1, 2, 6
    1 King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter–Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. 2 They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. 6 So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD; he did not follow the LORD completely, as David his father had done.

  33. Wayne E. France Says:

    Sir, I am for legal immigration into the U. S. but I am against illegal immgration. There are a number of reasons for my stand against illegl immigration. 1. The illegals have broken our laws 2. Our country can only support so many immgrants 3. Our country!s natural resources andfinancial resources can only support so many 4. The illegal immigrants are hurting the middle and low class citizens by driving down wages 5. The supply and demand of products and services are going up at a fast rate thus hurting the standard of living 6. The big business people are using these people for their financial gains 7 The amnesty ofthese illegals is another step for the North American Union that big business supports and this is being carried out withou the consent of the American citizens 8. Mexican trucks are now allowed to cross out borders and drive in our country which hurts our truck drivers wages and jobs 9.The trucks entering our country cannot be inspected to secure our people safety 10. the including of Mexican into our social security system with only tnhirthy six months of work in our country is a shame, an American citizens has to work ten years for benefits. The social seurity system is going to be broke in a few years and this proctice would speed up the process 11. I am a Christian but I am for our citizens first and we should help our own people first . The Mexico government and the elite should help their own people. President Bush has made the statement that is base is the haves and haves more in this country and it is his agenda and his base to create a upper class and a low class with no middle class in America. These are only a few reason why I am against illegal immigration

  34. Concerned Christian Says:

    Violation of a country’s soveriegn borders for unjust reasons is wrong. Central and South Americans, including mexicans, need to use their faith in God to fix their own countries. Cast out the sinners who worship greed and corruption. But don’t expect our great Christian nation of the USA to become a third world country willingly. Many of us Christians will continue to fight for deportation of illegals. To fight against the big business agenda of wanting amnesty for illegals. It is a sad commentary that some Christians would give the jobs of their fellow church members to illegals because it costs 1/100th of a normal true Americans wage.

  35. Jim F Says:

    Thank you for your humanity to all of God’s children. We can cloak this issue in arguments of undue demands on the infrastructure - hospitals, housing, and so forth. We can claim to want our laws obeyed (though the arbitrary immigrant admission decisions and quotas are not controlled by law). We can claim it is not man’s inhumanity to man, We can claim it is for all sorts of noble reasons, but excluding hispanic immigrants from this country is greed. We want to keep what is ours.
    I support your platform wholeheartedly, and thank you for your efforts.

  36. Sir L Says:

    It’s time to wake up, join up, stand up and fight for our rights to protect our borders and homes.

  37. @Scott: Interesting thoughts. I don’t agree, at all, but I do respect and appreciate your voice.

    @Carmen: Politics is always selfish.

  38. Michael Says:

    Pay attention to this thought from a loyal hispanic American regarding the sanctuary policy of San Francisco, but which has special relevance to the well intentioned but lethal path on which you are embarking. If you love your country, your children and your grandchildren, think long and hard…….here is her message.

    I believe that Mayor Newsome thinks that declaring his city a sanctuary is going to help him gain more votes from the Hispanics, but surely he will have a rude awakening, because Hispanics will push him out of office and vote for another Hispanic. They will push hard for to make sure they get him out and vote for a Hispanic Mayor as soon as possible, and turn his city into a brand new Los Angeles. You all can see what is happening in Los Angeles with Mayor
    Villagairosa, (live and learn).

    Remember Newsome is an American and illegal aliens and their Hispanic friends will only use him for a little while, until they get what they want.
    Eventually his city will become so rotted and corrupt, there will be so much poverty, and violence when all these illegal aliens move in, the Mayor will end up biting his tongue.

    Mayors who declare Sanctuary cities will eventually look around at cities that fought back, like Hazleton, Pa and Morristown and they will admire their strength to save the community from the illegal alien invasion. For their laws will still stand and they will still be effective.
    These crazy Mayors eventually will realize the huge mistake that they have made, due to greediness and for votes. How sad when violence will eventually erupt in their Streets from third world country illegal aliens bringing their lawless ways into America, like the towns they left behind. They will create exactly what they left behind. Eventually they will throw rocks at the Mayor himself if they don’t get their way.

    I wish he would wake up and RECONSIDER SUCH A DUMB DECISION, and think it over, before he opens his doors to millions of criminals, rapists, gangs and millions of people from such corrupt third world countries who right now are abusing the system and are lawless individuals, with no respect for our country. When hospitals start closing down and the police end up fearing enforcing the laws, and the schools in his town turn into hell holes, where education fails, I am pretty sure that Mayor Newsome will wish he would’ve never declared his City a sanctuary for illegals.

    YOU’LL BE SORRRRRRRRRRRY!!!

    Carmen
    YDSFM

  39. Scott Says:

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are more crowded than Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

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