Season 2, Episode 2 – Illegal immigration: from Jesus to Arizona

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome Robert P. Jones, CEO and Founder of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI Facebook and Twitter)*. Also joining the GCR team is Delle McCormick, Executive Director of BorderLinks.

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Some highlights from this episode:

0:10: Rev. Delle McCormick tells a story of an illegal immigrant and her baby
6:00: Carol introduces the theme of the episode and Robert P. Jones, CEO and Founder of Public Religion Research Institute
8:25: Part 1 of Carol’s conversation with Robert P. Jones
20:28: Carol and Bruce reflect on Part 1
38:44: Part 2 of Carol’s conversation with Robert P. Jones
55:08: Carol and Bruce reflect on Part 2
1:09:18: Promo of next week’s episode with Nadia Bolz-Weber about the emergent church

Items mentioned in this episode:
PRR Poll: “Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform”
PC(USA) Letter regarding Arizona immigration law

*Bruce Reyes-Chow currently serves on the board of PRRI.

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3 Responses to “Season 2, Episode 2 – Illegal immigration: from Jesus to Arizona”
  1. Janet L. Bohren says:

    Delle McCormick's story is heartbreaking. What a courageous Honduran women and how tragic that her choice was to flee or choose death of herself and her children in deportation. Variants of this story probably occur all too often.

    Your discussion with Robert P Jones gives shows that most Americans want to see immigration law written that prevents such horrendous things from happening on our borders and in our states. Encouraging that evangelicals and mainline groups seem to agree on this. Hopefully, their joint concern will not break down in the details of writing a good and just law at the federal level.

    The kind of survey work that the Public Religion Research group does is important to a discussion and development of good immigration law. Thanks for showcasing it with Robert P. Jones on your show.

    I plan to post your link to this show on our church's FB site. I hope this will spread the good information and insights you provide just a bit further.

    On a personal note. My niece(who is blond – our Swedish immigrant heritage) and her husband (from India) and their two children live in Tucson. I asked her if she was worried about her husband getting stopped for ID (he is a citizen). She didn't think it would be a problem. I hope she is right.

  2. @glauber says:

    Great program, guys! The story of Baby Jesus had me in tears. But please ask deeper questions. For example, i know consensus feels great. It's great that there is a broad consensus in the USA about the need of comprehensive immigration reform, but what does that really mean? I have a feeling that 49% of the people who want reform, are looking for ways to be more hospitable to immigrants, 49% would like to see all immigrants disappear forever, and the remaining 2% has no clue what they want.

  3. Epideacon says:

    I was interested in your comments concerning mainline denominations doing a poor job in welcoming immigrant minorities into individual congregations and denominations. My own experiences as a clergy person in this part of the Midwest are quite to the contrary. I don't dispute your comments concerning your own respective denomination but please beware of painting with such a broad brush.

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