The Common Good

Christians push for new immigration process as they support deferred status

Date: August 22, 2012

Last Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security finally offered more than 1 million young, aspiring citizens the chance to contribute to the country they love and call home.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which Homeland Security announced earlier this summer, is an initiative to provide relief for young immigrants who were brought here as children, often referred to as dreamers. As CEO of the Christian Community Development Association, I have had the opportunity to work with many of these bright young people.

This initiative will open previously closed doors for over a million young people, but this will not create an immigration process that works. I’ve taken a stand, along with over 150 prominent evangelical leaders, to put forth common-sense moral principles for a new immigration process.

The signers include the heads of evangelical universities and colleges, nonprofits and denominations, and white and Hispanic mega-church pastors. They span the ideological spectrum, from Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention to Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis.