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The Quest for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Though largely forgotten in an increasingly urban modern world, Rev. Wallis revisits the biblical imperative to welcome the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19, Leviticus 19:34, etc). Following many of the perspectives outlined in Matthew Sorens’s and Jenny Hwang’s 2009 book Welcoming the Stranger, this lecture applies biblical and theological insights to the issue of immigration in the US. Wallis argues that the human face of the social, political, and economic problems caused by the current system demonstrates the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform. How can we establish immigration policies that are both compassionate and just, while respecting the rule of law? How do we make our borders secure, but do so in humane and realistic ways? Should immigration policies establish a dignified guest worker program that can lead to an earned path to citizenship? Why is immigration an issue that is dividing the country but, ironically, uniting the faith community? Having engaged in several previous unsuccessful attempts to lobby for comprehensive immigration reform, Rev. Wallis infuses his presentation with personal stories and insights gleaned from extensive advocacy on this issue, most recently President Barack Obama’s June 2012 announcement that his administration would stop deporting some illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
October 2, 2012
Immigration policy advocate Ali Noorani brought a timely, nuanced presentation on the role of the faith community in the immigration policy debate. Noorani is the executive director of the National Immigration Forum in Washington. In a political environment where congressional Democrats are eager...
September 27, 2011
Noel Castellanos, CEO of the Christian Community Development Association, brought a personal and professional story of immigration reform to the class. He grew up, as a US citizen and a child of US citizens, in Texas along the Mexico border. After his college education at a Christian liberal arts...
September 28, 2010
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, examines the link between faith and immigration reform. The activism in the Latino community on the immigration issue in general, and the faith community in particular, is a dramatic change from its...