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Immigration momentum

Published: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

In response to the Sept. 13 article titled “Advocates turn to Obama for action on immigration,” I find it disheartening that our Congress seems to lack the leadership to fulfill its obligations to our country. The article makes the case that if the House of Representatives fails to capitalize on the bipartisan momentum behind immigration reform, supporters may turn to the administration to take some sort of executive action on the issue.

This is not a sustainable way to run a country, however, and we should not accept that our democratically elected representatives are unable to pass common-sense legislation on pressing national issues of justice. From the looming government shutdown to last week’s $39 billion cut to food aid (which will affect an estimated 170,000 veterans), our country is caught in the crossfire of bitter partisan battles and gridlock that will hurt our economy and our communities.

But immigration reform is more than just a political issue. It is a biblical one. We Christians are called by our Father in heaven to treat the foreigner among us with compassion and to minister to our most vulnerable neighbors.

Thankfully, evangelical leaders across the country have recognized this biblical call and have joined their voices in support of immigration reform through the Evangelical Immigration Table. I pray that our U.S. Representatives – including our own Congressmen Randy Hultgren and Peter Roskam – will show the same type of leadership and have the courage to fix our broken immigration system.

Zach Schmidt

Island Lake

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