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  • Lunch&Learn Immigration

    1. 1. Comprehensive Immigration Reform • How is the system broken? • Who can fix it? • What can I do?
    2. 2. “The Legal Way” Employment- Refuge / Based Asylum Immigration Family-Based Diversity Immigration Lottery
    3. 3. Employment- Based Immigration 140,000 Permanent Resident Visas Annually – Primarily for immigrants with “extraordinary ability” and “holding advanced degrees” – Not an option for the vast majority of immigrants
    4. 4. Refugees / Asylees 55,000 refugees annually – For those fleeing persecution for reason of • Race • Religion • National origin • Political opinion • Membership in a particular social group – Not for those fleeing • Economic hardship • Environmental or natural disasters – Determination of refugee / asylee status can be tied to U.S. political interests and foreign policy
    5. 5. Diversity Lottery 50,000 visas issued annually – Must have high school education or two-years professional experience to apply – Odds of winning the 2009 lottery were 1 in 182 – No Visa Lottery for • Mexico, the Philippines, India, China, Canada, Haiti, El Salvador, England, South Korea, and Poland, among others
    6. 6. Family-Based Immigration At least 226,000 Permanent Resident Visas annually – A citizen or LPR can petition for their: • Spouse • Unmarried children • Parents • sibling – No other family relationships qualify (grandparents, uncles, cousins, in-laws, etc.)
    7. 7. No legal way • Forget it if you: – Were here illegally (10 year bar) – Have committed a crime (retroactive) – Have falsely claimed citizenship (even accidentally) – ever in any way provided “material support” to a “terrorist organization” (even under duress)
    8. 8. Statistics and Graphic from the Pew Hispanic Center, March 2006
    9. 9. Oh, the myths! • Myth: Immigrants don’t pay taxes. – Social Security says it holds $420 billion from undocumented. • Myth: Immigrants come here for welfare. – Undocumented / temporary workers are not eligible • Myth: Immigrants drain the US economy. – Net gain for federal economy (some loss for local economies) • Myth: Immigrants don’t want to learn English. – Within 10 years, 75% are English speakers • Myth: The war on terrorism can be won through restricting immigration. – Our immigrant-targeted security efforts have netted no terrorism prosecutions.
    10. 10. Mode of Entry of Undocumented Immigrants Unlawful Visa- Unlawful Overstayers Border 45% Crossers 55%
    11. 11. Thinking faithfully about immigration • Identity of humans • Immigrants in the Bible • Commands in the Bible • Code of hospitality • Law abiding
    12. 12. Image of God • Gen 1:26-27, “Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, in our likeness… So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” – Worth – Potential to contribute
    13. 13. Biblical migrants • Abraham •Daniel • Isaac •Ezra • Jacob •Nehemiah •Esther • Joseph •Jesus • Naomi, Ruth •Early church
    14. 14. God’s law • Outsiders (alien, orphan, widow) were vulnerable – Food – Fair and timely wage – Fair legal proceedings – Participation in religious practices • Remember your history • Display the heart of God
    15. 15. Hospitality • Called to show to strangers (not friends) - Luke 14:12-14 • Called to reflect Christ - “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7) • Good Samaritan – it was the “outsider” who was the hero, neighbor. (Luke 10)
    16. 16. Rule of Law • Romans 13, “…everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities” since “the authorities that exist have been established by God.” • Acts 5, “But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than any human authority…’”
    17. 17. Comprehensive Immigration Reform • Enforcement! (That is humane) • Reform family-based system (waiting times) • A process immigrant workers to earn citizenship (upon satisfaction of specific criteria) • Expand ways for workers and families to enter and work in a safe and legal manner (with rights protected) • Address the root causes of migration (economic disparities)
    18. 18. So what. • Learn – www.crcjustice.org (issue: immigration) • Teach – Sunday school curriculum, book studies, film discussions, etc. • Speak – Comprehensive Immigration Reform
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