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Dozens of pro-illegal immigration groups were invited to Obama's mini-amnesty rollout and you weren't - 08/25/11

On August 18, Barack Obama's Department of Homeland Security announced an administrative amnesty that could cover 300,000 or more illegal aliens.

List of attendees at Napolitano meeting, Part 2 - 08/20/09

This is the a continuation of the list here. See that link for the details.

"Reform Immigration For America": business, labor, CAP, NCLR, CHIRLA begin new push; summit, townhall meeting; John Quigley - 06/01/09

A new group called "Reform Immigration For America" recently launched in order to push for comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty. They're a coalition of business, labor, and far-left/racial power groups; see their slick site here: reformimmigrationforamerica.org.

"Tour of the Faithful": Catholic Church, others try to change immigration laws (America's Voice) - 09/13/08

In September and October, the Catholic Church and others will be holding interfaith events [1] across the U.S. designed to support "comprehensive immigration reform", aka amnesty. This "Tour of the Faithful" (catholicsinalliance.org/node/20123) was apparently organized with the help of Frank Sharry's America's Voice [2] and includes an appearance by former president Jimmy Carter and many others [3]. On October 13 they'll be holding a forum featuring unnamed Illinois politicians; one of those will probably be Luis Gutierrez.

If you want to do something about this, go to one of their events and make points like these and get their responses on video. The only way these "leaders" are able to continue to support "reform" is by avoiding a real debate. Even a line of questioning that isn't "prosecutorial-style" would show the fallacy in their thinking. And, that would have a very great impact on this issue.

For instance, during the conference call announcing the tour, Rabbi David Saperstein said:

"In addition to our historic experience, our tradition also demands of us concern for the stranger in our midst. The Torah contains over 36 references to this principle, including Leviticus' command, 'When strangers sojourn with you in your land, you shall not do them wrong..."

Point out to him that the "reform" he supports would lead to more illegal immigration, and thus would lead to more people trying to cross the desert - with some dying along the way. If he responds that "reform" would include tougher border security, point out to him that those pushing reform have always fought attempts to secure our borders, and that they'd have even more power after reform from which to fight attempts to secure the borders.

[1] From catholicalliance.org: One of the events, "Voting American Catholic 2008: Platform for the Global Common Good," will be held Sept. 27 in Omaha, Neb., as part of the Archdiocese of Omaha Social Ministry Commission's 10th annual Faithful Citizenship Conference at the St. Cecilia Institute in Omaha, a conference co-sponsor... Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to speak at an Oct. 9 Christian immigration forum in Lexington, Ky. The tour takes in cities like Boston, Washington, Denver, Los Angeles and Phoenix -- as well as smaller venues such as Lutz, Fla.; Conway, Ark.; and Kalamazoo, Mich. -- before winding up in Chicago Oct. 19 with two U.S. representatives and two Illinois state representatives speaking at a candidate forum on immigration.

[2] americasvoiceonline.org/press_releases/entry/
national_faith_leaders_launch_tour_of_the_faithful/

[3] Those speaking on the conference call were, per [2]:
Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Dr. Jim Ryan, Council Executive, Colorado Council of Churches
The Most Reverend Bishop John C. Wester, Archdiocese of Salt Lake City and Chair of Committee on Migration and Refugee Services for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform to oppose Lou Barletta (Jim Wallis backgrounder) - 04/17/08

On Monday, the illegal immigration supporting Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (headed up by Jim Wallis) held a press conference where they stated their opposition to Hazleton, Pennsylvania mayor Lou Barletta.

It was probably what you'd suspect, and their press release had more of the same:

..."They need to stop using rhetoric that demonizes immigrants and make an effort to respect all people, including immigrants..."

Barletta responded to the paper by pointing out that they'd forgot to specify that his opposition is to illegal immigration and that he supports the legal variety.

The article also has a little dirt on Wallis; while I hate to admit it I'd previously considered him mainstream leftwing because of the way that he's been presented by the MSM, but apparently he's got an interesting past:

Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform is a spinoff of "Sojourners" magazine. It's a coalition of about 100 religious groups - including the Mennonite Church U.S.A. and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference - that favor a path to citizenship for people in the country illegally.
...Wallis was an anti-Vietnam War activist in the mid- to late 1960s. He's been arrested numerous times for "civil disobedience."
"Sojourners" began as "Post-American," an anti-capitalist magazine that criticized American foreign policy and supported socialist governments. In the early '70s, Wallis moved the magazine from Chicago to Washington and changed its name to "Sojourners."
In 1979, Wallis told the magazine "Mission Tracks," "more Christians will come to view the world through Marxist eyes." That year, he also criticized the Vietnamese boat people who were trying to escape that country's communist government, saying they'd been "inoculated" ... "to support their consumer habit in other lands."...

CNN Democratic Candidates Compassion Forum: no immigration questions - 04/14/08

Last night's CNN Democratic Candidates Compassion Forum at Messiah College in Pennsylvania (transcript link) contained no questions relating to immigration.

Dr. Richard Land wants to hear from you about immigration matters - 03/29/07

Dr. Richard Land is the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and earlier today he appeared with Senator Teddy Kennedy and others at a Washington DC press conference to support immigration "reform" (aka a massive amnesty):

"...We also have a Biblical mandate to act compassionately for those that are in needm, Matthew 25... To love our neighbors as ourselves. Matthew 22. And to do onto others as we would have them do onto us, Matthew chapter 7, verse 12..."

Unlike other "leaders" you have a chance to speak to him one-on-one and tell him how he's wrong: he conducts a radio show each Saturday. I urge everyone to call in and ask him tough questions about what he supports, and let him know about all the aspects of this issue that both he and some of his listeners are no doubt unaware. There's a good chance that a large part of his flock will hear it and he might have to choose between supporting amnesty and being taken seriously by his congregation.

The show is called Richard Land Live! and it's on Saturday from 12pm to 3pm. The call-in number is 888-Faith 56 (888-324-8456). You can listen to the streaming version via links at his site: richardlandlive.com He's got call screeners, so make sure you can weave your question into one of the show's topics or otherwise get past the screener and get on the air.

Then, upload a tape recording of the *broadcast* (not the telephone call) to Youtube, and let's let everyone else know why he's wrong.

UPDATE: The press conference was organized by "Faith in Public Life", and they inform us that in addition to Land those present included "Rev. Sam Rodriguez, Executive Director of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference... Senators Kennedy, Menendez, Graham and Salazar, and Representatives Gutierrez and Flake." There are videos of the confab here: blog.faithinpubliclife.org/2007/03/faith_and_congressional_leader.html

That page has a comments form, and I suggest leaving comments on that and other entries designed to show how they're wrong.

Related:
Let Jim Wallis know how he's wrong.
Catholics: ask Joan Rosenhauer some tough questions
Humanitarians: why do you support people falling under trains?
Corrupt, irrational evangelicals supporting illegal immigration