I reported last summer on evangelicals’ increasing embrace of ‘immigration reform’, i.e. adopting the ‘amnesty’ mindset; IOW, drifting leftward like their neo-con political bedfellows on this matter as well as others.
That trend is continuing, it would seem, based on this recent report:
Evangelical leaders supporting immigration reform praised the new set of principles on immigration reform released by House Republicans after their winter meeting.
“By supporting immigration reform, the GOP stands poised to reconcile Abraham Lincoln’s justice agenda with Ronald Reagan’s optimism,” Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said Friday on a conference call with reporters. “Accordingly, here’s our message to the Republican members of Congress advancing this just cause – you are not alone.”
House Republicans released the statement, “Standards for Immigration Reform,” late Wednesday. While most of the standards were consistent with existing Republican bills, the part of the statement dealing with what to do about current unauthorized immigrants took many by surprise. While the principles said there should be no “special path to citizenship,” it did support a path to legal status for unauthorized immigrants.
The statement says that, under the legislation they plan to pass, current unauthorized immigrants “could live legally and without fear in the U.S., but only if they were willing to admit their culpability, pass rigorous background checks, pay significant fines and back taxes, develop proficiency in English and American civics, and be able to support themselves and their families (without access to public benefits). Criminal aliens, gang members and sex offenders and those who do not meet the above requirements will not be eligible for this program.”
‘Unauthorized immigrants’? Neo-con and evanjellyfish Newspeak for what Americans used to call, accurately, ‘illegal aliens’, i.e. foreigners who were living and working in America without having applied to immigrate and subsequently been granted a ‘Green Card’. But it seems not only do progressives eschew that term now, but so do Hispandering neo-cons, alas; ditto their evanjellyfish allies, including the Christian Post, who used the new term ‘unauthorized immigrants’ in the headline and body of that story, without quotation marks around it.