Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said today that hie is joining with other Evangelical leaders to call for a “just assimilation immigration policy” at the federal level that:
_ Respects the God-given dignity of every person;
_ Protects the unity of the immediate family;
_ Respects the rule of law;
_ Guarantees secure national borders;
_ Ensures fairness to taxpayers; and,
_ Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents.
Land said the “the two extremes of deportation or amnesty are being played against each other, resulting in a stalemate in Congress and growing frustration and division in society.”
The controversial Arizona law that allows police to stop and question people about their immigration status is “a symptom, not a solution,” Land said.
“While I sympathize with the plight of the beleaguered citizens of Arizona, the law they have passed faces severe challenges.”
Land said he is not favoring amnesty but a biblical response to a difficult issue that does not reward those who have broken the law but requires them to traverse a rigorous path to naturalization, which includes standing in line behind those who have been and are pursuing immigration legally.