Crissy Brooks is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Mika Community Development Corporation in Costa Mesa, California.
“Last year at Christmastime one of my neighbors was deported. The next day his mother showed up to volunteer as a gift wrapper at our annual community Christmas Store. I told her she should go home, that it was all right to sit this one out.
“No, my neighbors are depending on me,” she replied. I think she was happy to be able to serve others and to look beyond her own grief for a few hours. In my heart, I prayed that the coming year would bring immigration reform: some way for our immigrant neighbors to be free to be with their families, and free to participate without fear in our community.” [read more at link above]
In this interview podcasters Nick & Josh talk with Matthew Soerens & Jenny Hwang about their recent book entitled ‘Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion, & Truth in the Immigration Debate’. Matthew and Jenny speak a good deal in this interview about the way in which they perceive the Bible to speak to the core issues of immigration. Near the end of the interview, both also speak about how far they think their hermeneutic allows them to see reform go in the American debate.
Via the Ooze:
“Immigrants are more than what they can contribute to our affluence,” says Matt Soerens. Made in the image of God, they are people like you and I who demonstrate the beautiful diversity of God’s creation of humanity. ThinkFwd host, Spencer Burke, talks with Soerens in the Chicago suburb where he lives. His neighbors are a very diverse population including immigrants from Mexico, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Soerens has co-authored a book about the church and immigration called “Welcoming the Stranger.” He says his goal with the book was not to convince anyone of a particular immigration policy but rather to look at the issue Biblically and ask—as Christians—what do we do with this complicated topic of immigrants and immigration?
See more from the authors below.
[via Witness/The Hub]: Gerald Lenoir discusses his work with The Black Alliance for Just Immigration. This interview was conducted by a fellow participant at the US Human Rights Network National conference in Chicago April 17th-20th, 2008.
Click on link above for OpEd by Roger Mahony, the cardinal archbishop of Los Angeles.
The title of Jason L. Riley’s new book helps explain why it has proven so controversial: Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders.
Let Them In is as exhaustively researched as it is eminently readable, Riley, a member of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board runs through all the anti-immigration arguments at play in today’s heated political world—and finds them wanting.
Riley sat down earlier this summer with reason.tv’s Nick Gillespie to discuss the leading myths about the causes and effects of immigration.
E Pluribus Unum Prizes 2009 winner: Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
Speech by Bishop Gerald Kicanas exploring Immigration from a Border perspective. See two more videos here.