Jim Wallis: Immigration Theocrat?

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In a recent May 29th article from Christian Post, Jim Wallis of Sojourners, Obama adviser and member of the Soros funded Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), is pushing John Boehner on swift immigration legislation. The method he is using to "persuade" Boehner seems quite theocratic:

"The faith community is going to be watching John Boehner very carefully, of whether he will make a moral decision here. The Catholic Church is completely clear about this. He is a Catholic, and his bishops have been clear, the pope has been clear - it's time for John Boehner to make the right moral choice. It's time for John Boehner to listen to and obey his own Catholic Church."

Well, Wallis would be very familiar with what a segment of the Catholic Church is doing, since he works so closely with them:

 Founded in 2004 as a “communications and organizing resource center dedicated to helping faith leaders reclaim the values debate in America for justice, compassion, and the common good, ” Faithful America was really created to help Perriello convince voters—including pro-life voters—to move beyond what he called “divisive abortion rhetoric.”  It is important to note that nearly all of the Soros-supported progressive faith-based organizations are founded to reclaim the “common good.”  And, for left-wing Catholic groups, a commitment to the common good always includes access to abortion rights.

In 2009 the two organizations teamed up with Sojourners, Jim Wallis’ social justice organization, and PICO National Network, the USCCB-funded community organizing initiative, to create a “toolkit” on the health care reform debate.  The toolkit reassured readers that conscience protections would remain in place—even though no such assurance was offered in any of the versions of the reform.  Such protections were never intended to be in place.

Strangely, he did not seem to see the same moral obligation when it came to abortion coverage being included in Obama's healthcare legislation. As discussed on First Things:

In the meantime, is it too much to ask Sojourners and Wallis to tell us whether or not they agree or disagree with the recently released letter to Congress authored by the three Catholic bishops leading the Church’s efforts on health care? They don’t seem to think that health care legislation is “abortion-neutral,” and have warned “we will have no choice but to oppose the bill” unless current bills are amended.” Can we expect Wallis and Sojourners to join the bishops in opposing the bill unless they are amended? Or will they dodge the issue and proclaim they are on a “higher plane,” or embracing a “third way.”

 

In the Christian Post article, Wallis goes on to explain how the minority of Republicans still stand in the way, but Boehner must stand up to them. What Wallis fails to do here is address why this opposition really exists. Although hateful lack of compassion has always been insinuated, what about the many issues that come along with immigration reform? How are citizens to trust that those issues will be dealt with first, in lieu of the broken promises and lack of enforcement that has been our experience?

Just in the past few months, we have seen shocking and unacceptable examples of serious problems, including these examples:

In El Paso, drug cartels are suspected of threatening local law enforcement with threatening billboards and hanging manniquins.

In San Antonio, human trafficking arrests have quadrupled since 2011.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of children flood across the borders, with Lackland AFB housing and caring for many. The cost of this to taxpayers has not been revealed.

These are a drop in the bucket of what has been left unaddressed, yet our representatives are being pushed to move right along. Have solutions been incorporated into proposed legislation? If so, maybe we need to see it, because there are many issues to be addressed before anything can move further.

Wallis offers counsel to Boehner by suggesting he read and pray upon Matthew Chapter 25 from the Bible:

42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

Most of us would heartily agree, but would have to wonder what it is that we have been doing at Lackland AFB, in our hospital emergency rooms, food pantries, schools, universities and more.

We do need to move forward on immigration. Not just for the sake of the immigrants, but for the sake of the many citizens that have been harmed by lack of law enforcement. It is time to cut out the false guilt trips and get serious about proposing real reform that shows compassion for immigrant and citizen alike.