This is the time of year when many pro-amnesty advocates in the pulpit and the press misuse the Bible to try to try to advance their cause. This year, churchgoers are fortunate to have access to a much different explanation of scripture, thanks to the emergence of a group called Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration and to a fascinating panel recently sponsored by the Heritage Foundation to inform congressional staffers and the media.
Last Sunday the New York Times went after the whole immigration restriction movement with a page 1 attack article that went on to fill an entire inside page. Massively long, and mostly aimed at knocking early immigration restriction leader John Tanton for some private letters he wrote decades ago, the article also spends a good deal of ink in discussing NumbersUSA and our founder Roy Beck.
What a political season we're living in! Overseas, the entire Middle East is exploding into revolution. We can only hope it leads to an improvement. And now right here in the U.S., state capitals are erupting in rancorous divisions over how to deal with huge budget shortfalls. At first blush, it looks like the issue of immigration doesn't figure that high with all the budget upheavals and foreign government changes, but keep reading . . .
With the defeat of so many pro-Amnesty Members of Congress on election night, I thought we'd heard the last of amnesties for awhile. Didn't you?
Unfortunately, we have one more pretty steep mountain to climb as soon as Congress comes back from Thanksgiving.
I've been with NumbersUSA for all of our 14 years. One of my jobs is to send regular emails summarizing the latest on our political struggle, while also asking members to donate.
(Thanks for reading my letters and helping with the funding. This entire website, including our faxing capability and Congressional gradecards, is supported by small donations from you members.)
Yesterday, the respected Pew Research Center released a new poll showing Americans are backing Arizona's recently passed immigration enforcement bill, SB 1070, by huge margins. According to the poll, seventy-three percent of Americans agree with "requiring people to produce documents verifying their legal status if police ask for them.”
Hello, NumbersUSA members. Jim here.
I've been reading through (and answering) emails you’ve sent me lately. Many members have shared heartbreaking and hair raising tales of out-of-control immigration. Especially illegal immigration. Thought I'd share a few of the 100–200 emails members send me every week.
From the "everything’s broken" department:
One small favor from this disastrous recession: slightly fewer reporters are mindlessly scribbling down the phrase, "jobs Americans won't do." Over four hundred NumbersUSA members wrote to me personally after my latest fundraising email. About 275 of them are unemployed. You wouldn't believe all the jobs that they used to do and would very much like to do again.
Last Tuesday, I wrote our members asking for donations so we can continue our faxing operation. For the very first time, I thought to put in an email address, so members could contact me directly. Scores wrote, including many who are unemployed and on the edge financially. Take this stirring message from Frances:
I want to thank you (NumbersUSA) for giving regular Americans the ability to participate in our government via your website, especially at this critical time in our American history.