Religious Perspectives on Immigration: Panel to Examine Faith-Based Debate

By CIS September 2009

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WASHINGTON - The supporters of amnesty for illegal immigrants have frequently use religious arguments and terminology to make their case. They explicitly claim that legalization and increased immigration are the only morally acceptable choices facing lawmakers and that opposition to "comprehensive immigration reform" is, literally, a sin.

To address such claims, the Center for Immigration Studies hosted a panel discussion entitled “Religious Perspectives on Immigration” on Tuesday, October 6, at 9:30 a.m. at the Murrow Room of the National Press Club, 14th & F streets NW. Each of the three speakers has authored a CIS Backgrounder explored a portion of the issue:

Fr. Dominique Peridans – Associate pastor at a Roman Catholic parish in Maryland and author of “Catholics, Immigration, and the Common Good.”

James R. Edwards, Jr. – Fellow at CIS and author of “A Biblical Perspective on Immigration Policy.”

Stephen Steinlight – Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies and author of “No ‘Progress by Pesach’: The Jewish Establishment’s Usurpation of American-Jewish Opinion on Immigration.”

Moderator: Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies