A moral obligation to immigrants

Oklahoman Published: June 30, 2014
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My compliments to Jeb Bush for his level-headed comments on immigration reform. As a leader in the faith community in Oklahoma City, I agree it’s time to drop the “harsh political rhetoric” on undocumented workers and move forward with a common-sense strategy that will restore the rule of law, meet the needs of U.S. employers, and humanely deal with otherwise law-abiding people who ask nothing more than the chance to feed their families.

As Bush said, most people who illegally cross the border or overstay their visas are simply trying to make a living. They break immigration laws out of concern for their families and shouldn’t be treated as criminals. And with the recent influx of children crossing the border on their own, something needs to be done. Supporting common-sense immigration reform is essential to the future of this state and nation. Christians have a moral obligation to end the alienation of millions of new Americans — many of whom share Christian views on taxes, regulation and other key policy issues — to love our neighbors and to treat others as we desire to be treated.

I pray that members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation will work to enact immigration reform before the end of the year. There is simply too much at stake for Congress to continue to ignore this issue.

Justin Alan Lindstrom, Oklahoma City

Lindstrom is dean at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City.