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Rev. Wallis on Alabama immigration law: Unjust, immoral

Source: Sojourners
Date: June 29, 2011


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Rev. Wallis on Alabama immigration law: Unjust, immoral

WASHINGTON, DC - Following the signing of a discriminatory immigration law by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on June 09, Rev. Jim Wallis decried the new law as mean-spirited and morally indefensible.

House Bill 56, which has faced opposition from the religious community, is considered to be the most restrictive immigration law in the nation. The law prohibits transporting or "harboring” any undocumented immigrant, bars undocumented immigrants from enrolling in any public college after high school, makes it a crime to rent housing to undocumented immigrants and requires that schools verify the immigration status of all students and report it to the state. It will take effect on September 1, 2011.

"The Alabama law is not only mean-spirited, unjust and racist, but it is also morally indefensible,” Rev. Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, said. "Enforcement without compassion is cruel and ineffective. The results of this immoral law will be families torn apart and an immigrant community being forced further into the shadows and marginalized. As Christians, we refuse to comply with laws that attempt to keep us from showing love for our neighbors and the marginalized.”

Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, an immigration-focused sub-group of Sojourners, has kept a close eye on the law in its development.


Jim Wallis is the president and CEO of Sojourners, the largest network of social justice Christians in the United States. Wallis is also author of the New York Times bestsellers God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It and The Great Awakening: Seven Ways To Change The World, Reviving Faith & Politics. His latest book is Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street. Follow him on Twitter: @jimwallis

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