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Why is immigration policy important to evangelicals? Certainly because we believe what the Bible teaches about treatment of “aliens in the land.” It is also because so many Hispanic, African and Asian immigrants are evangelical Christians who are in our denominations and churches by the millions. They are us.
In terms of the Great Commission, right here in our home, right here in the United States, right in our own towns, we’ve never faced such a Great Commission responsibility. We have never faced such a Great Commission opportunity.
The church must always show compassion, always… A good Samaritan doesn't stop and ask the injured person. 'Are you legal or illegal?
$80,000: amount the average immigrant & his or her offspring will pay in taxes over the course of a lifetime beyond the cost of the governmental services & benefits they collect (but this net benefit is somewhat skewed because there is sometimes a net cost to local governments)
$11.8 billion: amount paid in local and state taxes by undocumented immigrants in 2012 ($1.1 billion in personal income taxes, $3.6 billion in property taxes, and $7.1 billion in sales and excise taxes; does not include Social Security, Medicare, or federal income taxes)
96%: labor participation for undocumented adult males
5,000: Average number of immigrants—most of whom would be classified as “low-skilled” if they had the same classification system as we do today—who entered through Ellis Island in an average day; at its peak—on April 17, 1907—11,747 immigrants passed through Ellis Island in a single day
38.5 million: number of immigrants living in the U.S. as of January 2010, representing 12.5% of total U.S. population
75%: percentage of undocumented immigrants are paying payroll taxes, including Social Security, Medicare, and income taxes
60% of people from non-Christian religious traditions (excluding atheists and agnostics) in North America—most of whom are immigrants to the U.S.—say they do not personally know any Christians
$15 billion: estimated annual contributions to the Social Security system from undocumented immigrants, even though they are generally ineligible to receive any Social Security benefits
5,000: Number of permanent visas available per year for employer-sponsored immigrants other than those classified as highly-skilled
65%: percentage of Hispanic immigrants who believe that abortion should be illegal, compared to 40% of all non-Hispanic Americans
40% to 50%: percentage of undocumented immigrants entered with a valid visa, then overstayed or violated the terms of their visa
There are an estimated 361 Unreached People Groups represented in the United States, more than in any other country except for India and China
44 out of 46: number of economists surveyed that believe that illegal immigration has been good for the U.S. economy overall
Only 12% of white evangelical Christians and 20% of all Protestant Christians say that they think about immigration issues primarily from the perspective of their Christian faith
50% to 60%: percentage of the food Americans eat that was touched by immigrant hands