Frustration with Congress and the Political Football of Immigration Reform
Feb 17, 2014 by M. Daniel Carroll R. | 0 Comments
A few weeks ago the Republican Party convened to work on a proposal for immigration reform. Although the proposed legislation was a bit harsh, in our opinion, at least it was a small, constructive step in the right direction. You can see that working proposal at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/31/us/politics/text-of-republicans-principles-on-immigration.html?_r=0.
Sadly, the following week the Republican leadership backed off and announced that any such measures would be slowed down. Now no one is sure when and whether that party will reconsider immigration reform. Voices within the Party are raising concerns that to do nothing or to appear overly negative about the idea of reform will have long-term disastrous consequences for the Party’s future.
I do not have any stake in that Party’s future, but I and many other evangelical leaders are saddened and disappointed by this turn of events. Politicians have made promises and then not followed through, all the while the lives of millions are affected by this inaction. There are people I know at the Hispanic church I attend that do not have papers and who live constantly with uncertainty; one family of five has a father in deportation proceedings, and we are praying that the court will cancel his case in accordance with the presidential directive to focus on criminals, not people, who simply are working and trying to support and raise their families in this country.
This article was written by Samuel Rodríguez, head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (I serve on their board and am a national spokesperson on immigration), to voice our frustrations with the political football that immigration has become: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/02/14/congress-must-move-forward-on-immigration-reform/
Let us pray that these negative attitudes change for the good of those who need status to live their lives and contribute to this country. May mercy and a biblical kind of justice rule.