Not all Evangelicals are Wingnuts: Christians joined last-ditch effort to pass immigration reform for youngsters
Christian leaders were among those joining a coordinated, last-ditch effort Nov. 30 to get Congress to pass a bill providing a path to legal status for the undocumented children of illegal immigrants.
“Each year approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school — many at the top of their class — but cannot go to college, cannot get a job or otherwise fulfill their dreams,” said John Richardson, North Carolina regional minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in a Nov. 30 conference call organized by proponents of the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act. “Smart, hard-working kids face an uncertain future.”
The bill — whose best chance for passing any time before 2013 is almost certainly in Congress’ current lame-duck session – would target the children of illegal immigrants whose parents brought them to the United States after they were born. Although such children are now educated in public schools, their lack of citizenship or residency documentation prevents most of them from attending college or getting good-paying jobs — no matter how much they excel in school.