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Immigration: Unity, Morality and Common Sense
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

Tuesday was a big day. Nearly 150 evangelical leaders signed onto an “Evangelical Statement of Immigration Reform.” Instead of ideology, we came together because of morality and common sense. And that’s what l ...

The Atlantic: Give Us Your Geniuses
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

From The Atlantic , a plea for an immigration policy that encourages the movement of high-skilled foreign nationals to the United States: In this age of extreme polarization, it seems unlikely that there would be an issue where the benefits ...

Immigrant Discrimination Through a Child's Eyes
Originally Posted: 06/12/2012 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

The story of Harriet Tubman is still being lived out today in the lives of Latino families in my school and across the country. We made a circle for our guided reading time. I sat ...

Evangelical Leaders Announce Immigration Table Launch
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

Church leaders today gathered in Washington, D.C., to announce the launch of the Evangelical Immigration Table – a broad coalition of organizations, churches and pastors from across the political and religious ...

LIVE STREAM: Evangelical Leaders Unite on Principles for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 06/12/2012 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Evangelical leaders from across the political and religious spectrum meet today to call for immigration reform based on a set of five principles:  Respects  the God-given dignity of every person Protects  the unity of the immediate family ...

Alabama Pastor's Take on Latest Anti-Immigrant Legislation
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

In my beloved Alabama, where 3 percent of the population (largely Hispanic) is estimated to be undocumented, our state government has created the harshest and most egregious anti-immigrant laws in the country. ...

Hundreds Protest Alabama Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

Hundreds of Alabamians gathered at the state Capitol grounds after their legislators passed HB 658, a harsher version of now infamous anti-immigrant HB56. Hundreds of Alabamians ...

Crisis on the Canadian Border
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

Harsh crackdowns on immigrant communities by law enforcement instill fear and breed distrust, preventing members of those communities from seeking help in moments of crisis and reporting legitimate offenses or ...

Alabama’s Indefensible New Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 05/25/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Last week, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley made a morally indefensible decision. He signed HB 658, which intensifies the climate of fear that already hangs over Alabama like low dark clouds before a hurricane. ...

Iowa Congressman's immigrant slur
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

As reported by  Salon :  Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, compared immigrants to dogs at a town hall meeting yesterday, telling constituents that the U.S. should pick only the best immigrants the way one chooses the “pick of the litter.” Read th ...

Immigration: Joel Osteen Gets Political
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

In an uncharacteristic move, televangelist and bestselling author Joel Osteen, senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, stepped into the political arena briefly to talk about Alabama's House Bi ...

The 'Field of Panties': Sexual Violence and Immigrant Farmworkers
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

They call it the field de calzon — the "field of panties" — because so many rapes happen there. On Wednesday, the organization Human Rights Watch released the report Cultivating Fear: The Vulnerabili ...

Violence Against Women Doesn't Discriminate
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 10:25pm | Type: Blog

The House of Representatives votes today on a version of the Violence Against Women Act that would limit protections to immigrant, LGBT and American Indian abuse victims. House Republicans argue that Democrats ...

Church Leaders Speak Out on VAWA
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

For  CNN ,  Leith Anderson  and  Lynne Hybels  on the new version of the Violence Against Women Act being debated by Congress: This week the House of Representatives is considering a proposal to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, ...

Violence Against Women Act Faces Congressional Threat
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

Some victims, it seems, are more worthy than other victims. This is the clear message sent by a deeply flawed version of the Violence Against Women Act that is headed for a vote in the U.S. House of Representa ...

Unable to Work, Indian Immigrant Women Turn to Spiritual Practices for Comfort
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 8:55am | Type: Blog

LOS ANGELES -- Even though she met her husband through an arranged marriage, Pooja Sindhwani considers herself a modern woman. She worked in interior design in her native India for four years, and she and her ...

As a Nation of Immigrants, What Do We Value?
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

Our friends at the National Immigration Forum started a new campaign today to advocate for Citizenship and Integration grant funding. Our friends at the  National Immigrati ...

Civil Disobedience in Alabama on HB56
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

Civil disobedience hits the Alabama State Legislature today in opposition of the HB56 legislation on immigration. See the livestream for the latest updates: Civil disobedience hit ...

Called to Welcome the Stranger
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 8:57am | Type: Blog

If, as Christians claims, the story of the Bible is important to us, then we shouldn’t be so worried about foreigners; we shouldn’t be so afraid of immigrants. Editor's N ...

Protesters March as SCOTUS Hears SB 1070 Arguments
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 8:43am | Type: Blog

More than five hundred people showed up at the Supreme Court today in opposition to Arizona’s SB1070 law. More than five hundred people showed up at the Supreme Court today in opp ...

SCOTUS Hears Immigration Arguments
Originally Posted: 04/25/2012 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

Early news reports indicate that the justices were sympathetic to the provision allowing police officers to check the immigration status of people who are arrested or otherwise detained. ...

Arizona's Immigration Legislation Undermines Christian Values
Originally Posted: 04/25/2012 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

SB 1070 is not just ethically bankrupt but undermines basic Christian values and American ideals. Today, the Supreme Court is hearing a case about the constitutionality of Arizon ...

See It, Say It: The Supreme Court Should Strike Down SB 1070
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

This week, I’m one of many Americans hoping that the Supreme Court will strike down Arizona’s extreme anti-immigration law, SB 1070. “See it, say it.” We’re urged, these da ...

Faith Leaders Target Alabama's Immigration Bill With Ad
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, a diverse group of faith leaders in Alabama released a television ad targeting Alabama's HB 56 -- the worst anti-immigrant law in the country. Yesterday,  a div ...

BREAKING: ICE Arrests 3,100
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

This just in from the Associated Press: "The Obama administration said Monday it arrested more than 3,100 immigrants who were illegally in the country and who were convicted of serious crimes or othe ...

Pastor Who Granted Sanctuary Releases 'Why Am I a Deportation Priority?' Video
Originally Posted: 04/02/2012 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, pastor of the Reformed Church of Highland Park in Newark, NJ, has been advocating for Indonesian immigrants in his congregation. Watch a video Kaper-Dale made about the issue on God&# ...

Refugee Finds His Own Church ‘Sanctuary’
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Global positioning satellites track every move Saul Timisela makes while he seeks refuge in a church, claiming the centuries-old right of sanctuary from the reach of secular authority — in his case, the federa ...

Misguided Encouragement Leads to Deportation of Indonesian Immigrant
Originally Posted: 03/23/2012 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

The day before the Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale was supposed to meet with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, a tragedy occurred — one more Indonesian immigrant from his congregation was deported ...

New Citizenship Debate: In Vitro Babies
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

In a spin on the immigration debate, USA Today explores the murkiness of in vitro fertilization abroad. Americans who give birth outside the states via in vitro are required to prove at least one biological parent is a U.S. citizen. The problem? ...

Pastor Who Granted Sanctuary to Meet with ICE Officials
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

A New Jersey pastor who granted sanctuary to an Indonesian immigrant in his church is scheduled to meet with an ICE public advocate next week to address the situation but said he remains skeptical given the wo ...

G92, Immigration Reform, and a Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

I was in Birmingham to speak at the G92 South Conference, a one-day conference at Samford University to challenge students to think about God's commands regarding immigrants. ...

Fields of Denial
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 6:29pm | Type: Blog

But even with its inclusive set of policy issues and actors, the Farm Bill is notable for one issue policymakers and advocates doesn’t touch: People who work on farms. About every ...

Refugee Defies Deportation, Seeks Sanctuary at Church
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 6:00am | Type: Blog

HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. — Saul Timisela was ordered to report to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Newark early on the morning of March 1 to be deported. Instead, the Indonesian Christian took sanctuary ...

Land of Milk and Immigrants
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Shaun Duvall A new wave of arrivals makes its mark in America's dairy country. IMMIGRANTS FOUNDED the U. ...

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Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 8:48am | Type: Product

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Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration and G92
Originally Posted: 02/08/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

for Jesus, healing and preaching the good news of the Kingdom of God (Luke 10:1-16). Jesus instructs them ... rejects him who sent me,” he tells the disciples as he sends them out (Luke 10:16). Even Republican ...

MUST LISTEN: This American Life’s “Alien Experiment”
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

There are approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in U.S., and for years addressing this issue has come in two forms: deportation or citizenship. But recently, there’s a third option on the table: self-deportation. This approach, which involves ...

Immigration Reformer Scott Douglas Faces the Colbert Nation
Originally Posted: 01/18/2012 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

On Monday's Colbert Report, Sojourners friend and Civil Rights activist Scott Douglas, discussed the overturn of Alabama's immigration law with host (and potential presidential candidate) Stephen Col ...

Mitt Romney and Moral Imagination
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

targets including 16 year old Americans.  Each missile is estimated to cost $1.41 million and 110 ... debt ($16 trillion) for the next generation to work endlessly to pay off. “It seems to be a fact ...

New Report: "The Wrong Approach: State Anti-Immigration Laws in 2011"
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 5:32pm | Type: Blog

Overview of NCLR's new report on state anti-immigration laws in 2011. The National Council of La Raza ( NCLR , the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy orga ...

Immigration: Alabama is Organizing... Again!
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

I felt like I had been transported back to a black, white and sepia toned era, but these events took place over the last six months! Those who follow me on Twitter know that o ...

A Turning Point on Immigration
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 1:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper A conference at Cedarville University shows new political boundary-crossing in the Christian college world. ...

Green Card is the Green Light to Jobs
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

Every 100 immigrants with advanced degrees who worked in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields created an additional 262 jobs for U.S. natives according to Zavodny’s research. The numb ...

The Immigrant Days of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

Unaccounted for in the empire, baby Jesus’ first movement in this world was a government-evading trek through the desert by night. I noticed this Christmas season, for the first t ...

Christmas Mourning
Originally Posted: 12/21/2011 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

entered the U.S. before their 16 th birthday, who were of good moral character, who had been present ...

A Society That Doesn't Believe In The Family
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

If we truly are pro-family, it’s time for us to demonstrate that it means all families, at all times, in all circumstances. " Shattered Families ," a new report from t ...

D.C. says no to ICE
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The District of Columbia has no voting representation in Congress, and our city government hasn't always been the best. But yesterday, D.C. The District of Columbia has no v ...

Alabama Immigration News Roundup
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Alabama Workers Skip Work to Protest Immigration Laws THE HUFFINGTON POST: Hey Alabama, Take A Hint From California ASSOCIATED PRESS: Alabama Workers Ski ...

Why Can't Americans Work the Fields?
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 5:58am | Type: Blog

How ironic that for all the protests going on about unemployment these days there is a parallel, if less shrill, debate happening in our agricultural sector involving what to do about a shortage of wo ...