South Carolina Faith Leaders Applaud Republican Principles on Immigration Reform
January 31, 2014
Major Commitment from House Leadership Propels Reform Forward
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Today House Republicans released their standards for immigration reform. The standards were met with broad support among top South Carolina faith leaders, who lauded the movement toward much-needed reform and called on Congress to pass reform this year.
The following are quotes from South Carolina faith leaders:
David Blanton, Director of Missions, Union County Baptist Association, Union:
“It is refreshing to witness a growing bipartisan effort to address and deal with the issue of immigration in our nation. All of us will benefit from a reformed system that protects the rule of law while equally protecting the dignity and respect of the immigrant among us. As a person of faith, I applaud any sincere efforts to get closer to an immigration reform that will result in a more efficient and dignified approach toward those who seek to be a part of this great American experience.”
Rev. Sam E. McGregor, Jr., Pastor, Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, York:
“When I was in Silver City, North Carolina, we began a ministry to the growing Hispanic community. We called a pastor who was passionate to serve the Lord. After living in North Carolina for over 10 years he was deported to Guatemala because of a misunderstanding of when he was to renew his work visa. He left a family and growing ministry behind. Immigration reform is essential if we are to continue to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in our communities. The biblical record is clear that we are to welcome the foreigner and show hospitality to the stranger. Faithful obedience to Christ demands it.”
Dr. Victor Prieto, Hispanic Ministries Consultant, Spartanburg County Baptist Network; Professor of Linguistics and Spanish, North Greenville University:
“I’m glad the GOP is moving forward on immigration reform. This is critical since as it would humanize the current system and relate better to new realities in our country. In Hispanic churches, we hurt seeing families separated, dreams broken, and children uncertain of the future of their parents or their own due to the lack of a sound and updated immigration system. I pray that moral courage and concern for our neighbors and nation will override political differences as we move forward on immigration reform.”
The Evangelical Immigration Table is a broad coalition of evangelical organizations and leaders advocating for immigration reform consistent with biblical values.