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Immigration is quickly becoming one of the hottest issues in our legislature and within our society. The Christian Life Commission advocates for just and ethical immigration policy, including “smart borders,” humane treatment of immigrants, and comprehensive immigration reform, throughout the year and during legislative sessions.

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ISAAC

The Immigration Service and Aid Center is a ministry of Buckner International and the Baptist General Convention of Texas. It was created to assist churches in providing compassionate, legal and timely ministry to immigrants of all nationalities. ISAAC helps churches and leaders gain recognition and accreditation from the U.S. government in order to serve the needs of immigrants. Please visit the ISAAC website for a wealth of additional information and resources www.isaacproject.com

CLC Legislative Priorities

  • Support efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform on the national level
  • Support border security and law enforcement policies consistent with humanitarian values
  • Oppose bills that endanger the lives of immigrants and their families by reducing access to emergency medical services
  • Counter commonly heard political rhetoric that demeans and dehumanizes immigrants

State

Christian Perspectives on Immigration (pdf)
A short summary of immigration issues in relation to the Christian faith.

Current Proposed Legislation in Texas (pdf)
A brief summary of major proposed immigration legislation during the 80th Texas Legislature, convening in 2007.

Special Report on Financial Impact of Undocumented Immigrants
By: Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn
In December of 2006 the office of Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayorn published a special report on the financial impact on the state budget and economy of the undocumented immigrants in Texas. The study found that undocumented immigrants not only contribute significantly to our economy, but also pay more in taxes than they receive.

Federal

STRIVE ACT 2007
Representative Luis Gutierrez and 49 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives have co-sponsored H.R. 1645, the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act (STRIVE ACT), as a plan for comprehensive immigration reform at the national level.

President Bush’s Plan for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
President Bush has made it a priority to sign into law a plan for comprehensive immigration reform before the end of the year. The destination of the link above describes his priorities for reform and what he is doing to encourage the process.

The Myth of Immigrant Criminality and the Paradox of Assimilation: Incarceration Rates among Native and Foreign-Born Men
In the Spring of 2007, the Immigration Policy Center published a study performed by Rubén G. Rumbaut, Ph.D., and Walter A. Ewing, Ph.D., which relates government statistics about incarceration rates in relation to the misconception that immigrants commit more crimes than native-born Americans.

For more information on CLC’s legislative priorities or for questions related to the state of current proposed legislation, contact Alicia Enriquez at alicia.enriquez@texasbaptists.org.

For more information on BGCT’s ministry to immigrants through ISAAC, contact Alicia Enriquez at alicia.enriquez@texasbaptists.org or call 888.244.9400.