“Badges” want it. “Business” wants it. “Bibles” want it. According to the panelists at the Midwest Summit of Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America, law enforcement officials, businesses and advocacy groups are in agreement that the current way that the United States deals with immigration is a broken system. Most of the issues are not unique to the center of the U.S.
The National Immigration Forum is putting together a strategy and advocacy session in Washington D.C. in early December that brings together these seemingly disparate interest groups. At the Midwest summit, people including Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist, the president of the National Association Evangelicals, the owner of Cabbage Incorporated, police chiefs and attorneys general spoke with one voice that the processes are not working as they are and are burdensome.
The complex issue is one identified by the Justice Table. It was a subject of a role-playing plenary discussion at the 2011 General Assembly and has been discussed in resolutions at several before (2009, 2007, 2005, 2003). After a recent article in the Disciples News Service, a Disciple attorney responded with his take on the issue, pointing out the costs associated with new residents. (The article and response are posted here with space available for comments.)
To become more familiar with the issues at hand, explore the resources at Church World Service, National Council of Churches, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, National Restaurant Association, Global Detroit and PBS’ Frontline Lost in Detention.