The Common Good

Is Rejecting a Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants Un-Christian?

Source: Politix
Date: April 18, 2013

Immigration continues to be a contentious sociopolitical issue, with politicians, faith leaders and American citizens all weighing in on proposals to cope with the millions of illegal immigrants who are currently residing within the nation's borders.

Due to its complexities, finding common ground can be difficult, however religious leaders like the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), believe that it is possible to reach viable - and faith-based - solutions to the domestic conundrum.

Now, as for the contention between progressive and conservative evangelicals on a wide variety of issues, Rodriguez spoke candidly about immigration as a uniting force. He said that it has been the most unifying issue he's observed in quite some time among evangelicals - so powerful, in fact, that it has conservative evangelicals like Rodriguez finding common ground with progressives like Sojourners' Jim Wallis.