Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, a group that wants to lessen immigration, said denominations that support more lenient immigration laws are well-meaning but wrong. "Illegal aliens to them are persons in need," he said. "They respond, as religious institutions should, with compassion. Where they get off track is thinking that this illegal alien in front of me doesn't have to obey the law."
Beck, a former associate editor of the United Methodist Reporter, said that the Bible doesn't offer answers.
He said he believes that churches want reform without enforcement. For Beck, that means deporting anyone in the U.S. illegally.
"Either people who break the law have to go back home or you don't have immigration law," he said.

By Bob Smietana, USA TODAY


Updated: Thu, Mar 22nd 2012 @ 10:33am EDT