Suppose illegal immigrants were not to be tracked by the government and sent home. Suppose they were all granted full citizenship. What would happen next?
Suppose there were more free and open competition for jobs in America, with applicants from around the world challenging each of us for our positions, what then?
Suppose further that social welfare entitlements were guaranteed to immigrants on day 1 of their presence on US soil, including access to public education, emergency services, disability insurance, food stamps, etc.
Finally, assume that the most of the immigrants have low job skills and little formal education.
What specifically is the Christian position for immigration reform, based on Biblical principles, with a full understanding of the social and economic consequences of that position?
Sojourners has yet to generate or publicize their analysis. So far they have only made symbolic statements.
This leads me to believe that they don’t actually believe immigration reform is politically feasible at this time. They are making cheap symbolic talk signaling solidarity and tugging at the heart-strings of their followers.
Unless Sojourners starts to be more specific, direct, and public – that is UP FRONT in every statement on the issue – what their actual preferred policy position is, I can’t help but interpret their statements as anything but symbolic.
I, for one, advocate open borders and full citizenship status for all immigrants from anywhere provided they are not guilty of crimes against others as decided by a fair and impartial jury of their peers.
Will Jim Wallis or anyone else at Sojourners dare to make such a direct statement?
No. Why not? Because they have to make strategic decisions about how to present consensus among a broad coalition, and this will require multiple levels of compromise, precluding them from taking any definable position for the time being.
What was it Burke said about enabling the conditions “necessary for the triumph of evil”?
Shame on you Sojourners, shame on you Jim Wallis. Take courage and declare what justice requires of this situation or shut up. You are accountable to an audience of One.