By Nathaniel Torrey
Faith leaders from both the left and the right were present to speak at a press conference with leaders in law enforcement and business for Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and American, a project of the National Immigration Forum urging the President and politicians for sensible “immigration reform” in 2013. The project advocates a legalization process for illegal immigrants.
Though the speakers came from different Christian traditions, they all agreed that just immigration reform should be a top priority for the current administration and elected representatives in Washington. “Immigration is a humanitarian issue with moral implications. Our country can no longer accept the toil and sweat equity of undocumented workers while at the same time scapegoating them, diving their families, and denying them basic protections,” says The Most Reverend Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
For the speakers, immigration reform is not just another partisan issue but one with moral implications in a life of faith. Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership, conference sees it reflecting both our relationship with God and our neighbor, saying, “Immigration reform is both a vertical and a horizontal issue. Vertically, the heart of God stands moved by the plight of the immigrant and the suffering. Horizontally, passing immigration reform will serve as a conciliatory prescription for a nation divided by partisan politics. At the end of the day, this issue is not about the agenda of the donkey or the elephant. Immigration reform is about the agenda of the Lamb.”
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