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May 12, 2011

Obama Calls Immigration Reform a 'Moral Imperative' at National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast

President Obama continued his call for immigration reform at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast this morning, a similar call he made two years ago at the same breakfast.

Obama highlighted the work of faith leaders, including the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), on immigration.

That sense of connection, that sense of empathy, that moral compass, that conviction of what is right is what led the National Association of Evangelicals to shoot short films to help people grasp the challenges facing immigrants. It’s what led the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to launch a Justice for Immigrants campaign, and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition to advocate across religious lines. It’s what led all the Latino pastors at the Hispanic Prayer Breakfast to come together around reform.

Obama was likely referring to undocumented.tv, videos produced by World Relief, the relief and humanitarian arm of the NAE. He argued that immigration is not only an economic or security imperative.

It’s a moral imperative when kids are being denied the chance to go to college or serve their military because of the actions of their parents. It’s a moral imperative when millions of people live in the shadows and are made vulnerable to unscrupulous businesses or with nowhere to turn if they are wronged. It’s a moral imperative when simply enforcing the law may mean inflicting pain on families who are just trying to do the right thing by their children.

So, yes, immigration reform is a moral imperative, and so it’s worth seeking greater understanding from our faith. As it is written in the Book of Deuteronomy, “Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” To me, that verse is a call to show empathy to our brothers and our sisters; to try and recognize ourselves in one another.

The Rev. Luis Cortes, Jr., president of Esperanza, the organization sponsoring the event, gave him a Bible before Obama's speech.

"I was told this will help improve my Spanish," Obama said to laughter. "And I said, 'I’ll pray on it.'"

Comments

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As a minister for spanish speaking peoples I can only stand for God's word. We are told to "Obey the authories" for they are placed by Him.
The "moral inperative" must start with obedience to the laws. As a country we are morally responsible for the hypocricy we live with to exploite those here illegally. Untlill employers and landlords are fined for breaking the laws on the books, by hiring and housing illegals, the American carrott will remain north of the border. I weep for the mothers and families who have lost loved ones in the deserts and now at the hands of the cartels in mass graves, in their desperet effots to nter America.
the down turn in the economy has proven that with "no jobs and no housing" the imigrant flood would be south.
What to bo;
1) "All" employers hiring illegals not e-varified would be fined enough to stop the exploitation.
2)"All" apt.or rental house landlords, would also face the stiff find of employers. Again e-varitfy all tenants.
The laws to stem the flow are on the books already.
Now here is where the churches are mandated to apply scripture. specifally Micah 6:8. Be registration centers when the needs to return become inevitable. Supplying meals and assistance to return to their country.
These ideas have developed in talking to illegals as I have seen dozens have to return home due to no work, and through much prayer.
Q;Should or will America be held accountable for the deaths that even before this comment was finished have happened.

It’s what led the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to launch a Justice for Immigrants campaign, and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition to advocate across religious lines
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No. In fact, some years ago, the Catholic Bishops came up from Mexico and demanded the U.S. Bishops join in their fight to keep the border open, and the Mexican National as an acceptable worker in our economic system.

Obama is defining what is moral with a fib.

As one who lives in a tight budget. The where an appliance, articles, fruits, furniture or whatever else there is a need to buy was assembled, built, harvested or made, will not be the decisive factor for me.

So, if something cost less because was made in China that's what I'm going to purchase. In the same way if a Contractor charges me two-hundred dollars less, because he uses immigrants labor or is an immigrant himself. That is who I'm going to hire.

I don't have the extra money, to spend and waste in hiring only American nationals or buy, Made in the USA only products. Just because of the Pseudo-politico-religious ideologies of some "christian-nationalists" say I ought to.

With no apologies at all to the aforementioned. I will continue to buy whatever cost less, hire whoever charges less, for whatever it is I need.

After all, they (the immigrants, the chinese and whoever have you), are also descendants of Adam and Eve like me. Anyways heaven can't wait for the kingdoms of the Earth.

You can always tell when the campaigning has started. Any other time he has nothing to do with hispanics and much less Christians.