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Bishops’ letter to lawmakers supports illegal immigrants

February 19, 2008

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— Three Protestant bishops Monday called on Kansans to reject "demagoguery" in the current debate over illegal immigration.

The letter from the bishops was distributed as Kansas lawmakers consider proposals that supporters say will slow down illegal immigration.

Bishop Scott Jameson Jones, of the United Methodist Church, Kansas area; the Rev. Gerald Mansholt, bishop of the Central States Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; and the Rt. Rev. Dean E. Wolfe, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas - urged compassion for illegal immigrants.

The bishops said illegal immigrants are benefiting the economy of the United States, which depends on their labor.

"The laws we have do not reflect the demographic and economic reality of our country," they said.

"We as Bishops, in ministry, call upon all our parishioners and all Kansans to reject demagoguery that is spreading its own kind of fear and terror," they said. "We insist on a more hopeful vision, for our state and nation."

Their letter includes references to the Bible to protect and respect those who are different, including undocumented workers and their families.

The bishops make no specific reference to current proposals before the Legislature.

Some of those include making it illegal for employers to knowingly hire illegal immigrants and requiring them to use E-Verify, a federal database to check whether a person has a valid Social Security number. In addition, some lawmakers are pushing for repeal of a 2004 law allowing some illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates.

Comments

georgeofwesternkansas 7 years, 6 months ago

Last time I checked seperation of church and state ment the the government will establish no national religion (i.e. church of England). All citizens have the right to be active in politics, reguardles of their profession.

kansanjayhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

Certainly the "Religious leaders" would want to have a rule of law in our country??? Or--would they--this looks like just more liberal agenda from the "religious left". No one is anti-emigrant we simply want a balance in the total numbers. Why should illegals go ahead of people from around the world who have stayed in line and followed the law? Just another example of good intentions blinding people from reality!

Bettybb 7 years, 6 months ago

He may comment as a private individual. If he comments as a church leader he has crossed the line and the church should be taxed.

It is time to start enforcing the separation of church and state.

If the church is so keen on providing for illegal aliens, let them pay for it. LOL. It will never happen.

And I think it is only fair that we send out engraved invitations to all the people around the world to come on in - illegally, and not to worry, the US churches will support them! The paper todays said at least 500 million people from India would love to come to the USA.]

fetch 7 years, 6 months ago

kubacker & Bettyb: These people do invest in health care, significantly. Check it out: http://www.ummam.org/

And you idiots (madmike and bettyb) talking about separation about church and state need to re-read your tiny-print constitutions. Your understanding is laughable.

ASBESTOS 7 years, 6 months ago

SB 458 will not see daylight from the Senate Committee unless we organize as have the below pro illegal organizations

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association Kansas Association of Realtors Kansas Building Industry Association Kansas Chamber Kansas Contractors Association Kansas Cooperative Council Kansas Dairy Association Kansas Farm Bureau Kansas Grain and Feed Association Kansas Livestock Association Kansas Manufactured Housing Association Catholic Charities Kansas - National Federation of Independent Business Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association Kansas Society for Human Resource Management Kansas Soybean Commission Associated Builders and Contractors - Heart of America Chapter Associated General Contractors - Kansas City Chapter Associated General Contractors of Kansas Builder's Association Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce Leawood Chamber of Commerce Lenexa Chamber of Commerce Liberal Chamber of Commerce Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Southwestern Association Travel Industry Association of Kansas Wichita Independent Business Association Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce

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