An evangelical group that seeks to promote immigration reform has called upon President Donald Trump and Congress to end the government shutdown through what it described as a “Bipartisan Immigration Compromise.”
For the past few weeks, the federal government has been on a partial shutdown since Dec. 22 due to the failure of the president and Congress to agree on a budget. The main issue has been funding for the southern border wall that Trump promised to build for security purposes but Democrats oppose.
The Evangelical Immigration Table sent an open letter to President Trump and members of Congress on Monday urging them to hammer out a compromise that would give both sides something they want. Both secure the border and provide a path to citizenship for those in the nation who meet certain requirements, EIT proposed.
“The Scriptures both instruct a respect for the rule of law – which is diminished when immigration laws are violated without consequence – and mandate our concern for the wellbeing of vulnerable immigrants and their families, many of whom are longstanding members of local churches throughout the United States,” stated the letter.
The letter referenced the Table’s six principles on immigration reform, namely that such a reform “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,” and “Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski