Ruthie Responds

January 25, 2010


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January 2010

Enclosed is a questionnaire concerning the heated and controversial issue of Illegal Immigration.
To make your participation as easy as possible – it is in a YES or NO format. The option to add
additional comments is provided, but not necessary.
We do realize, that legislatively you may or may not have the opportunity to address the questions that follow, however – you do have a voice and the right to an opinion.

This questionnaire is being sent to you by Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform (MINNSIR).
Your response or lack of participation will be shared with our membership

We ask that you complete the survey and return via email to or print this questionnaire
and return via mail to MINNSIR, Box 87, Hanska, MN 56041.

Please complete the following information as to verify your returned responses

NAME: ______________________________

Contact address: ___________________________________________________

Contact Telephone Number and Website ________________________________

Current Office or Candidate Position ___________________________________

1. Do you support a Pathway to Citizenship for the estimated 10-20 million illegal aliens currently in the United States?
Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

2. Do you believe that current legislation, be it a ‘Pathway to Citizenship‘, ‘Guest worker program’, or ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform’ is nothing more than another Amnesty for those who have broken our immigration laws?
Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

3. Do you believe that our Immigration System is broken due to NON enforcement of our immigration laws?
Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

4. Are you aware of the many polls that show Americans do not want a Pathway to Citizenship legislation?

Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

5. Do you believe that we must take control of our borders and ports and know who is entering the U. S.?

Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

6. Do you believe that our borders and ports should be secured immediately ?

Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

7. Do you agree that “No one is above the Law’ and that our laws should be enforced….. therefore the practice of a “Sanctuary Policy” must stop?
Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

8. Do you agree that Identity Theft and Fraudulent Identification is a serious crime and should be prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law?
Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

9. Do you support local law enforcement agencies that choose to participate in 287(g) programs?

Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

10. Do you believe that with the current overflow of our prisons, state and local jails – that to address
the overall financial burdens that are incurred, that those who have served out their sentence, should be immediately deported and to ensure that these criminal illegal aliens do not return – again we must secure our borders and ports?
Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

11. Do you believe that our national language should be English?

Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

12. Do you believe that the US Taxpayer should be required to financially assist those through various programs that are in the United States illegally?

Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

13. Do you agree with the statement that those illegally in the Country should NOT be given a Driver’s License?
Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

14. Do you agree with the statement that In-State Tuition should not be granted to those who are not legal residents of the United States ?

Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

15.Do you believe that there is not enough current discussion on future concerns, such as:
US sustainability regarding: urban sprawl, water supplies, etc. and that you would be willing to take the lead on the future impact to the US with regards to these sustainability concerns?

Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

16. Our electoral process is a voice of the American people. Would you agree with the statement, that voting is a privilege not a right and that it should be reserved for American Citizens and Legal Residents only? And, that you would vote and advocate for legislation to ensure that those illegally in the Country do not vote?
Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

17. Do you agree with the statement that those illegally in the Country should not be counted in the Census?

Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

18. Do you agree with the statement that illegal aliens should NOT be included in any healthcare legislation, if passed in the future?
Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

19. With the current economic concerns and unemployment rate, do you believe that any discussion of adding 12-20 million illegal aliens to a “Pathway” and the chain immigration that would follow, should be addressed now?
Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

20. Do you believe that the American citizen and Legal Residents would be better served if, instead of a discussion of a pathway to citizenship, – we would discuss “Attrition Thru Enforcement“?

Yes_____ No _____ Undecided _____

Any Additional Comments you would like to submit












Thank you for your participation

If you would like to contact MINNSIR the information is provided below

Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform – MINNSIR
Box 87
Hanska, Minnesota 56041



January 8, 2010

The Man Made Threat To Our Security At Home

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By Ruthie Hendrycks
January 7,2010

In recent days, we have heard alarming details concerning the recent failure terrorist attempt
of Flight 253, but to me what is more alarming, is the fact that this Administration continues to be reactive instead of proactive. Reactive in the fashion of continuing to demand more of our freedom and liberties from the people they are to protect than from those wishing to harm every man, woman and child in the US.
They feed the news waves with stories such as, the two Yemen terrorists killed on or around Jan. 4th in an effort to comfort the concerns Americans are increasing feeling. Do not misunderstand – this information is very important no matter what your perspective of the incident is, but does this really bring feelings of security? And yet, we continue to handle individuals, such as the now lawyer’ed up terrorist, who wish us death, with kid gloves.

But, what really angers me, what causes major concerns and should be immediately responded to by both this Administration and Homeland Security is they handling – or should I say non-handling of the pending domestic violence, we no doubt will experience and for many already have.

How many illegal aliens are in the US? 10 million, 12 million 20 or 30 million? Do one knows exactly, and that is my point…………. if those in charge of our national security have no idea WHO and HOW MANY individuals have successfully illegally entered the US, (many being deported numerous times only to enter yet once again), – how can they propose that they are insuring our safety? And, of course, this does not bring into play those who entered legally only to overstay their visa’s and those who should have NEVER been granted a visa in the first place.

Add to this situation, is the pending legislation, known as Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Legislation proposed to grant citizenship to the unknown millions of individuals who have done nothing more than broken our laws. It is rewarding illegal behavior and actions with citizenship – clearly Amnesty.
This legislation has huge hurdles to jump including that of our security and I believe the American people will once again defeat any attempt for passage. A simple question that is not being asked or not loudly enough…… Why is our Country, our borders and ports not secured prior to any discussion of Amnesty?

How can and how DARE, those put in charge of our homeland security put forth a false sense of security while our borders and ports remain unsecured. This is yet another reactive stance rather than proactive.
Meanwhile we play a game of words……. Words like Man Made Disaster instead of War On Terror, words like Undocumented instead of the real wording – Illegal Alien. So if I may… let me ask Napolitano – using her terminology – “Why are Americans continually subjected to Man Made disasters at the hands of illegal aliens?” I am speaking of those Americans, of all races, colors and creeds, who have suffered crimes such as rape, murder, theft etc at the hands of someone who should not be in the Country to begin with? This truly is a MAN MADE disaster, man made by the refusal of this Administration and past Administrations – to enforce our laws. Think this is too strong, I beg to differ and suggest that you ask those who have lost loved ones or those who have been the victims, if they agree.

And yet, the mainstream media down plays stories such as Hezbollah joining forces with the drug Cartels in Mexico. Per the article, “They are teaching them gorilla terror tactics that they use in the Middle East”. One high ranking Mexican Army Office who requested to remain anonymous stated :Hezbollah is now believed to be training Mexican drug cartels the art of bomb making.“
The mainstream media, those with a specific agenda, also fail to correctly and accurately report the violence and death of thousands of individuals in Mexico and ignore the aspects of it extending over our southern border – a violence that will – once it expands – be felt by Americans. Is the Administration aware of this? Is Homeland Security aware? If not – why not – we are and if they aware and in the ‘know’ why is our security from these risks not being addressed?

The lack of enforcement of our immigration laws and the lax security to our nation is not only from individuals residing in Mexico, indeed there are entering from all over the world, but due to the non enforcement on our southern border – many are using this route.

Such an example, is that in a recent article in the North County Times, a heart tugging story by the Associated Press chalked full of sympathy of a Somalia man who recently entered the US illegally via Mexico. After being caught and facing deportation – this individual, who we know virtually nothing about besides his request for asylum – was granted a stay. Kheire left the courtroom and was later dropped off by authorities at a train station with $5.00 in his pocket.

For those already screaming at their screens “Not all illegal aliens are criminals” let me respond with this………
Although they may not all intend to commit crimes against Americans, they all have broken our laws and it is about time that the security of every American is put first.
For those exhaling the same tired old comment of “Americans commit crimes too“….. let me respond with this……….
You are correct – so exactly what does that mean??? Should we ignore their illegal immigration status or their invalid visas because we have crime?

I ask you — What is the price of our security and what would you not do to secure safety for your family? We must know who is entering our Country and why. If and when, the next major act of violence in American, is from a terrorist that entered not by an airplane, such as the Flight 253 terrorist, but rather thru our open borders and ports, for example Mexico, who should be held responsible. More importantly, who should NOW be held responsible for the Man Made disasters against Americans that are already taking place?

Watch for future articles on this issue in the upcoming weeks.

Ruthie Hendrycks, is the President and Founder of Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform,, She is the host of the weekly radio program “The Ruthie Report” which can be found at In addition, her articles can be found at or at She is a member of various groups including those combating illegal immigration. She can be contacted at

January 4, 2010

Domestic Violence Asylum – Why help here instead of there?

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Domestic Violence Asylum
Why help here instead of there?

By: Ruthie Hendrycks
January 3, 2010

First, let me say that the issue of Domestic Violence is one that I do not take lightly, it is an issue I have strong opinions, thoughts and concerns with – most likely stemming from my mother and fathers relationship, may he rest in peace and I also believe that as a humane society – we must address this issue and STOP IT.

However, with that said, I would also like to state that I believe we should clean our own house before we continue to clean the homes of everyone else.

Let me explain:
Following my thoughts…. is an article, concerning domestic violence abroad and the seek for asylum in the United States. Although dated 7/09 it was first brought to my attention and should be shared with you.

Tackling domestic violence is a gallant and welcomed action however the issue is not if those who experience domestic violence, should receive assistance – but if they need the Administration of the United States of America to do so and if they need to physically reside in the US.
Simply put : The issue is not if they need help and assistance – the issue is why us and why here.

Everyday in the United States, one woman is beaten by her husband every 15 seconds, with three to four million women in the U.S. beaten in their homes yearly. Battering is prevalent in all races, economic classes, affiliations, occupations and backgrounds no matter what your social or educational status may be. And per our now…. Vice President of the U.S., then Senator, Joseph Biden in 1991 “Fifty percent of all homeless women and children in this country are fleeing domestic violence“. These are Americans on the run fearing for their lives

I must add here… the fact that while doing minimal research for this article, I was amazed at the resources for those classified as minorities. Should our efforts not be for all Americans first, working to provide them safety and a life without abuse over that of race and gender and other countries?

Knowing this one must ask…………..
What about those in our own house – The American Woman -or Man- or is on the run in their own country who fears for their lives? What Country will welcome with Asylum?

Where is the government from which they are fleeing – why do these leaders not care as much for their fellow citizens to stop the abuse?

Why is it that the Governments of every Country that is humanized to the role of the ‘Spouse’ and the dignity that should be demanded of everyone – not stepping up to the plate and addressing the issue and why do we not demand they do so, instead of bringing them to our soil, soil that has its own victims?

With the lack of homeland security, which is well documented and the lack of leadership to secure our nation, in addition to a wide open border – especially from several of the countries listed in this story, what is preventing the abuser from finding them here in the US?

One must also ask if there are those – those really not experiencing the abuse that they claim – that will use this to scam their way into citizenship to the U.S. – seeing is it obvious to all but not stated by those with an open borders agenda that we do not know who is in our Country – who will be in charge of the proof need to ensure claims made are not a scam and who will pay for this truth finding?
Who will pay for all this legality to determine if their claims are true?

Although it is obvious, this South Asian group is doing a service that needs to be addressed, why is their focus on a specific group and not for Americans, and why do they not fight to change abuse in the countries they advocate for there instead of here? Where does the funding for these groups come from – the American taxpayer? If so, why are we not putting more funds to Americans who are abused everyday to stop domestic violence in our own Country before we extend the arm of asylum in the USA to others experiencing the same violence and devastation?

What does this do and what message does it send to those who remain in these Countries. Primarily the women who cannot flee and the abusers who go unpunished.

This is another attempt -no matter how gallant- at fixing problems of those in other Countries over that of our own and provides yet another avenue for the erosion of our sovereignty and abuse of our immigration laws. Maybe, this current Administration, could work with the Countries that these victims are fleeing to end the cycle of violence there instead of bringing these victims here and address the needs of Americans and Legal Residents who suffer domestic violence.

And that is a Ruthie Response memo………..
Ruthie Hendrycks

Obama Allows Asylum for Battered Women
New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jul 18, 2009
Editor’s Note: Foreign battered women who want to start a new life in the United States have finally a chance to do that through asylum, thanks to the Obama administration revising asylum laws, reports NAM health editor Viji Sundaram.

Calling it one of the best options the Obama administration has made available to foreign battered women, women’s advocacy groups in the United States lauded the administration for making it possible for those women to begin a new life in this country.

Earlier this week, the administration said that if women in foreign countries could show, in addition to meeting other strict conditions to asylum, that they had been treated by their abuser as little more than chattel, and that their home countries wink at such behavior, then the women could seek to make the United States their permanent home.

“This restoration of gender-based asylum should be celebrated,” said Purvi Shah, executive director of the 20-year-old New York-based support group for South Asian abused women, Sakhi. “We all deserve to live free of abuse, and immigration status should not be a barrier to that vision of a healthy life.”

“It’s a very positive policy change,” asserted Karen Musalo, director of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. “It’s going to benefit many women.”

The administration’s position stemmed from a case filed in an immigration appeals court by a Mexican woman who said she would likely be murdered by her common law husband in Mexico if she were sent back to her homeland. In court documents, the woman claimed she had been repeatedly raped at gunpoint by her husband, and threatened to be burnt alive when he found out that she was pregnant.
Several other such claims by other battered women seeking asylum have been tied up in the U.S. courts in the last dozen years. The Bush administration did not want to recognize those claims, the first of which was filed in 1996 by a Guatemalan woman. After many years of litigation, an immigration court declared that she was not a part of any persecuted group under U.S. law.

Three years ago, Congress gave some relief to undocumented abused women in the form of the so-called U-visa, which allowed them a temporary work permit, which could eventually lead to a green card.

But last week’s move by the Obama administration would allow abused women to file for legal residency status through asylum.

“Asylum gives you permanent status without having to go through any other steps,” said Sheela Murthy, an immigration lawyer in Baltimore, Md., who also advocates for women.

Most requests for asylum currently filed in the United States are based on claims by applicants that they fear persecution if they are sent back to their homeland because of their race, religion, nationality, political beliefs or any particular party they may belong to. Murthy said nearly 80 percent of those applicants are denied asylum for lack of providing adequate evidence.

Asylum seekers generally arrive in the United States on fake travel documents. Upon arrival at the airport, they ask for asylum.

“Getting asylum is not going to be a slam dunk” for abused women, Murthy reiterated, noting that they have to meet the most stringent of requirements.

Even so, Atashi Chakravarty, executive director of the Berkeley-based help line for South Asian battered women, said she believes that scores of people from the Indian sub-continent will benefit from the new policy change.

“We have clients who are taken to India by their abusive spouses and abandoned there, only to face more physical and emotional abuse from their in-laws,” Chakravarty said.

Shah and other women’s advocates say there is no danger of the new policy opening the floodgates of applications from women who claim they were battered.

“Anyone who believes such a thing has never filed for asylum,” said Shah, noting: “The fact that this route exists again doesn’t negate the need for significant evidence of abuse and the need to meet very rigorous parameters to qualify for gender-based asylum.

“This is why other strategies for immigration relief must still exist – so that any immigrant survivor understands she can be safe, and that in the United States, violence against women is a crime which will not be condoned.”


Ruthie Hendrycks, is the President and Founder of Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform,, She is the host of the weekly radio program “The Ruthie Report” which can be found at In addition, her articles can be found at or at She is a member of various groups including those combating illegal immigration. She can be contacted at

October 11, 2009

The Church and Illegal Immigration

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The Church and Illegal Immigration
By Ruthie Hendrycks

The following email concerns the Evangelical Church and its decision
to publicly support Amnesty joining the ranks of the Catholic Church
on this issue.

For those who are advocates AGAINST amnesty – this recent action by the Evangelical
Church is not a welcomed site. The Church’s in your face approach to this issue is
already causing feelings of frustration – as is apparent by the many emails that
I have received. Many of those who had previously emailed me had thoughts of finding another
avenue to practice their faith without supporting the Catholic Church or are
in disagreement with this action which is apparent by responses below.

A person religious beliefs is a very personal factor in ones’ life and for some …
it is as important as their beliefs on illegal immigration. Unfortunately for the Church,
studies show that the majority of Americans do not support amnesty, and by Christian leaders
deciding to draw a line in the sand on this issue, they are forcing many to
make a decision – some feeling that they must now choose between God and County

At a time in our nations history when attacks against Christianity unfortunately seem
to be taking a real hit why would these establishments even publicly make these decisions and statements? Many believe that these actions are to increase membership totals. Would have not been better for the Evangelical and Catholic Churches to participate as they desire from the sidelines in a ‘not so public’ fashion therefore, not entering the political realm on an issue that does not only address Amnesty, but many other aspects as well, such as language, culture etc.

Will this decision cause yet even more fracturing of the United States of America or
will those who are against this stand, push back? Will there be a creating of differencing church settings further eroding the American landscape (which already has come into
play) or will those who have definite and determined positions of our rule of law, and
immigration policies simply be ignored and thrown under the bus?

Perhaps the best way that I can personally answer these questions is by providing you
in this “Ruthie Response” with a respond from a Minnesota Pastor from the NumbersUSA alert – found below.

It states………….
I am a pastor but we are not members of the (NAE) organization. . . . Please do not broad swipe all of us because there are many, many pastors out there that do not believe in amnesty for illegals.

Each and every one of us MUST make the decision on how to proceed within their
religious beliefs regarding the issue of illegal immigration.

FOR ME …. I choose NOT to decrease either my religious beliefs nor my stand against illegal immigration and will make my decision clear to my local religious leaders.

FOR ME ….. I will continue to support my faith while seeking a Church – that does allows me to do just that …. an avenue/setting to continue practicing my faith without involving or siding with amnesty.


EVANGELICALS: Your Leaders Endorsed Mass Amnesty Today

By Roy Beck, Updated Thursday, October 8, 2009, 6:41 PM EDT

Leaders of most of the nation’s evangelical Christians made a shocking endorsement of illegal-alien amnesty today in Senate testimony.
Their spokesman — the head of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) — said high immigration is increasing membership in evangelical churches and is good for the economy.
Polls have shown that evangelical Christians in the pews are the MOST likely to OPPOSE amnesty. If you are one of them, you may want to contact your church leaders immediately.
The NAE phone number is: 202-789-1011 — Fax number is 202-842-0392
The NAE email address is: and
Please be respectful and thoughtful in your comments to the NAE. I would suggest that only evangelical Christians make the contacts.
Rev. Leith Anderson, president of the NAE, was invited by Sen. Schumer (D-N.Y.) to testify in favor of the Senate immigration chairman’s push to create amnesty legislation this fall.
Sen. Schumer asked Rev. Anderson if many of his colleagues agree with his support for legalizing 12-20 million illegal aliens and increasing the legal immigration far higher than the 1 million a year current level (the two key components of “comprehensive immigration reform”).
Rev. Anderson answered that there was no dissent in adopting the pro-amnesty resolution on the 75-member NAE board of directors.
ZERO dissent!
Rev. Anderson described the NAE as:
. . . a network of 40 denominations comprising more than 45,000 local churches located in every congressional district and every state. The NAE membership also includes evangelical universities, seminaries, ministries, local congregations, and individuals.
Here is the list of the denominational members:
Notable among the members are:
•Anglican Mission in America — Phone: 843.237.0318 — Fax: 843.237.4008 — — Chairman Charles H. Murphy III’s Chief of Staff:
•Assemblies of God — Phone: 417-862-2781 — Toll Free: 1-877-840-4800 — Email:, General Superintendent, or from this page:
•Brethren in Christ Church — Phone: 717.697.2634 —
•Christian Reformed Church in North America — Phone: 616-241-1691 or 1-877-279-9994 —- Fax: 616-224-0803 — E-mail:
•Church of God — Phone: (423) 472-3361
•Church of the Nazarene — Phone: 913.577.0500 — E-mail from this page:
•Churches of Christ In Christian Union — Phone: 740.474.8856 — Email from this page:,com_contact/task,view/contact_id,8/Itemid,89/
•Conservative Lutheran Association
•Evangelical Assembly of Presbyterian Churches — Email from this page
•Evangelical Presbyterian Church — Phone: 734-742-2020 – Fax: 734-742-2033 — Email:
•Evangelical Free Church of America — Phone: 1-800-745-2202 — Email:
•Fellowship of Evangelical Churches — Phone: 260-423-3649 — Email:
•Free Methodist Church of North America — Phone: 317-244-3660 — Toll Free: 1-800-342-5531 — Email:
•General Association of General Baptists — Telephone: 573-785-7746 — Fax: 573-785-0564 — E-mail from this page:
•International Church of the Foursquare Gospel — Phone: 1-888-635-4234 — Email from this page:
•International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies — Phone: 724-962-3501
•International Pentecostal Church of Christ — Phone: 740-852-4722 — Email: General Overseer

•International Pentecostal Holiness Church — Phone: 405-787-7110 — Email:
•Presbyterian Church in America — Telephone: 678-825-1000 — Fax: 678-825-1001– Email:•Primitive Methodist Church USA — Phone: 215-675-2639 — Email: Rev. Kerry R. Ritts, President
•Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America — Phone: 412-731-1177– Email from this page:
•The Brethren Church — Phone: 419.289.1708
•The Christian & Missionary Alliance — Phone: 719-599-5999 — Email:
•The Evangelical Church — Phone: 763-424-2589 — Email:
•The Salvation Army — E-mail at: — 703-299-8314 — toll free 800-725-2769 — fax 703-684-3478
•The Vineyard, USA — Phone: 281-313-8463 — Fax: 281-313-8464 — Email:
•Transformation Ministries — Phone: 626-915-7641 — Toll Free: 1-800-299-3448 — Email:
•United Brethren in Christ — Phone: 260-356-2312 — Email from this page:
•US Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches — Phone: Midwest Office 316-558-8688 or Toll Free 1-800-257-0515, West Coast 661-412-4939 — Emai: Executive Director, Ed Boschman
•The Wesleyan Church Corporation — Phone: 317-774-7900 — Email:

If you have a connection with any of these denominations, you may want to contact them and ask if they really want to side with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Council of La Raza in flooding the country with millions more legal foreign workers while 15 million Americans are looking for a job but can’t find one.
There is a good chance that even the leaders in your national church agencies are not really aware that their representative voted for a massive amnesty and increase in foreign worker importation.
Rev. Anderson is Senior Pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minn. It describes itself as non-denominational with some Baptist connections.
I would note that NumbersUSA and others have made requests to NAE for several years to present our moral arguments for less overall immigration to protect the stewardship of the nation’s natural resources and to protect the nation’s most vulnerable citizens. The NAE has resolutely refused to hear any voice but pro-amnesty voices, as far as we have been able to tell.
When you read Rev. Anderson’s prepared testimony, you find much that is thoughtful, including:
Evangelicals do not condone law breaking. . . . Evangelicals believe that government is a gift of God for the common good. Borders are necessary for public order. We support intelligent enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws as long as the enforcement measures are consistent with respect for human dignity, family values and sanctity of human life.
— Evangelicals President
But then Rev. Anderson told Sen. Shumer that the Gospel requires that Christians be willing to forgive illegal aliens for breaking immigration laws which means that:

We believe that undocumented immigrants who have otherwise been law abiding members of our communities should be offered the opportunity to pay any taxes or penalties owed, and over time earn the right to become U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The process of redemption and restitution is core to Christian beliefs, as we were all once lost and redeemed through love of Jesus Christ.
— Evangelicals President

Furthermore, the 75 national evangelical leaders agreed that immigration laws that have allowed legal immigration to soar from a traditional average of 250,000 a year to more than 1,000,000 a year are too strict and must be changed to allow many more foreign workers to enter.


The staff at NumbersUSA are members of the Evangelical, Catholic, Jewish, Mainline Protestant, Liberal Protestant and no religious faith. We all believe in ethical systems that say it is wrong to run an immigration policy that hammers down the weakest, poorest and unemployed members of our society while making it impossible to achieve environmental sustainability. It grieves our hearts to see evangelical leaders join national Jewish, Catholic, mainline Protestant and liberal Protestant leaders who have already fully endorsed amnesty and massive increases in foreign workers and U.S. population growth.

We have no doubt that all these national religious leaders have failed in their duties of fact-gathering and thoughtful analysis. They bring discredit on their religious faiths from their sloppiness in truth seeking and their lack of intellectual integrity.

We call on all NumbersUSA members of faith to point us to leaders in their own religious traditions who are open to discussing the full ethical issues involved in immigration.

The NAE’s call for forgiveness seems to ignore the Gospel context of “go and sin no more.”

We do not call for a policy that locks up and throws away the key on foreign citizens who have broken our immigration laws. Most of us are willing to let most illegal aliens return to their home countries under no penalty whatsoever.

But the NAE has proclaimed that our forgiveness of illegal aliens should allow them to keep the very things they broke the law to steal: U.S. jobs and access to U.S. infrastructure.

How many billions of people in the world would like to line up for that kind of forgiveness?

We have pled with the NAE leaders (as we have with leaders of all other faith traditions) to talk to them about how mercy shown by governments can easily create injustice against a society’s weakest members. In general the Judeo-Christian scriptures call on individuals to show mercy but governments to provide justice.

When the government shows mercy, it allows people to break the rules. But if breaking the rules harms law-abiding members of society, that mercy creates an injustice against them.

I am especially devastated by the national evangelical leaders’ callous disregard for the U-6 unemployment rate of nearly 20% — job-seekers (active and recently discouraged) who cannot find any job or who have been forced into involuntary part-time work.

It is incredible to read Rev. Anderson’s testimony talking about the failure in having enough immigration visas to fill the needs of the U.S. business community!

I am embarrassed for him and his 74 colleagues. I am sure they do not mean such inhumane treatment of their fellow Americans. And I am sure they dug themselves into this shameful hole with the most well-intentioned of shovels.

I suggest that the readers of this blog consider forgiveness toward these religious leaders while thoughtfully guiding them to see all the shades and complexities of the immigration issue to which they weren’t exposed by the NAE staff and the open-borders lobby which led them to this pro-amnesty position.

ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA. He was honored with dozens of religion journalism awards during the 1980s for national and international reporting on the intersection of Protestant churches and social issues. He is an active member of a Mainline Protestant congregation and 20-year leader of youth mission teams providing better housing for poor Americans.


FROM: Allen0912 of Minnesota
I am a pastor but we are not members of the (NAE) organization. . . . Please do not broad swipe all of us because there are many, many pastors out there that do not believe in amnesty for illegals.
FROM: Laurel6425 of Illinois
Pastors are sometimes naive about the world. I think Jesus would have wanted illegals to stay in their home countries and fight for justice there instead of “stealing” jobs from other nations. Pastors never mention the “theft” of jobs, identities, tax money, or services from U.S. citizens either.
FROM: Kathleen8719 of North Carolina
It is indeed shameful that these supposed ‘religious leaders’ are unwilling to even consider the enormous harm that has come to Americans as a result of illegal immigration. Essentially what they are saying is that they could care less, and that American citizens don’t count. This means to me that their agenda is purely political and has little or nothing to do with true biblical teachings. Religion is again being hijacked for a political cause.
Where is the justice and compassion for the many millions of Americans who have had their identity stolen and their lives turned upside down? Apparently, these ‘religious leaders’ consider such crimes against real people irrelevant.
Where is the justice and compassion for the many millions of Americans, especially our young, our minorities, our poor, who cannot get jobs or have lost their jobs due to competition for low-skilled jobs by illegal aliens? They have families too. But to them, they are seemingly non-existent.
The testimony given in is this hearing was about advancing a political agenda. As a pastor’s wife, I find it really sad that their lack of concern for Americans is so obvious.
FROM: Charles3857 of Alabama
These religious groups or NAE do not speak for me. I believe in being compassionate to the 15 million American citizens and legal immigrants who are out of work. I believe we need to be compassionate to all people when applicable.
I do agree that these churches can hear the cash registers ringing, cha-ching $$ and cha-ching $$, at the thoughts of having all of these new illegal members with extra American dollars.
FROM: Alan8374 of Arizona
Wow, I can only imagine the financial benefit they wish to maintain or gain, as being the motivational factor. Is the law of the land no longer to be obeyed and enforced, just to fill the donation baskets? Is this what Jesus would have really wanted?
I belong to a bible based church of more than 6 thousand in Arizona and this behavior is not accepted. We believe the law of the land must be obeyed and order must be kept, if we wish to continue providing the world with outstanding contributions generation after generation.
FROM: Grace0715 of Kansas
I am appalled to see my church denomination on the above list! . . . Surely this action was taken in a hasty and not well-thought-out manner. Where was the input from members? I had never heard that our leaders were going to vote on this issue and then, even worse, side with Senator Schumer in advocating amnesty for the millions who are taking over our country illegally.
While Grace does mean undeserved love, it does not mean aiding and abetting lawlessness…
It does not mean favoring someone who sneaks in and steals from your family (or country) over your own family. (John 10:1) This is foolishness.
It does not mean encouraging a person who is thieving to continue to disregard law and order. (Ephesians 4:28)
It does not mean a sham apology is acceptable so law-breakers can soak law-abiding taxpayers’ money against their will.
It does not mean encouraging people of one country to forsake loyaty to their own country and demand services of another country.
The Apostle Paul wrote: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!” (Romans 6:1-2) Grace does not mean we forget Law or overlook sin. Grace has no context unless we first understand that law exists to be respected and obeyed. And grace is no grace that promotes envy and stealing in order to favor those who are not citizens. Surely such a prejudicial policy was never meant by our Savior to be mistaken for grace.
Amnesty means, not forgiveness, but shutting our eyes to a great sin of theft of our nation’s resources. By failing to teach responsible immigration, amnesty promotes further immorality. By mislabeling amnesty as Christian duty, religious leaders are foisting upon their members additional taxes and often suffering through taking their life-sustaining jobs.
I pray God will open our leaders’ eyes to the damage being done to millions of our countrymen. I fully believe that much of the reason we are in such dire economic straits is because we have not listened to the Proverbs to the wise. Through lax law enforcement of immigration laws, we have encouraged lawlessness, financially unsound policies, and lent to those who cannot repay, etc.
Grace is to be dispensed by persons, to persons, not by governments. Churches can encourage private service but they must not demand that government do any such inappropriate thing. The duty of government is to protect its citizens and its borders.
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June 11, 2009

Is Big Business Really Supporting Amnesty

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Is Big Business Really Supporting Amnesty

By Ruthie Hendrycks


     Once again, we again are faced with proposed legislation on
Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Talks are scheduled next week in Washington –
but instead of the open transparency promised by the current administration –
these talks are behind closed doors. The question is why the secrecy/seclusion –
so much for yet another campaign promise now thrown out the window.

     These talks will no doubt make the same old tired promises that we
were promised in 1986 with the IRCA Amnesty and that the previous Administration
were making with the same old results, which will results in the same old lies,
which Americans have soundly DEFEATED.

     There are many issues within illegal immigration – but the top two are
cheap labor and future votes. Setting aside the voting for a moment – what would
be the consequences of a comprehensive immigration reform/guest worker “amnesty”
legislation to Big Business?

     To understand exactly where I am heading with this, one only needs to know
the fact, that our unemployment rate is currently at 9.4 percent, it is
increasing with future predictions leading to double digits. Putting more
Americans out of work.

     Criticism of the previous Administration for supporting Big Business,
always seemed to lessen when it came to businesses employing illegal aliens for
cheaper labor costs, and it appears not much has changed with regards to the
current Administration. But with so much attention being broadcasted by those –
in what used to be a fair and balanced media – on the fact that Obama is the
first BLACK President – why is it that we are not hearing criticism of the Big
Business cheap labor practices and the negative unemployment statistics for the
Black American, actually for Americans period, no matter what their race,
religion or ethnicity?

     However, it is the end result of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform
legislation/ Amnesty, if ever passed, that Big Business should be rethinking and
addressing. Animosity is growing and legislation that grants Amnesty to those
illegally in the Country while disregarding the current law, and their fellow
Americans, will provide some serious and tough questions for big business.

For Example:

     How long do you believe it will take for advocacy groups for the newly
donned, Amnesty Aliens to start advocating for equal rights and pay? If you were
to guess awhile – you would be wrong – it is already taking place. In this
scenario – what exactly will Big business do?

This would, in essence – eliminate their cheap labor. Of course there are
those who will continue to work for slave labor but the majority are going to
demand what they have no right to – the rights of Americans

      What will big business do for future cheap labor – wait and
advocate for the next wave of illegal immigration, (already on their way) which
will drastically increase the current unemployment rate, while we continue
to hear of border security but with no reality?

      Maybe the new Pay Administrator (czar) will dictate what salaries
will be and if in doing so – how would this scenario play out? Will, Big
Business continue to hire the Amnesty Alien, over their friends, families and
neighbors – while they struggle with double digit unemployment subsequently
losing many of the financial dreams they worked for, and continuing to be asked
to make even more sacrifices?

      What will smaller businesses do? Those who have skirted the law and
hired illegal aliens – claiming lack of workers (even with the current
conditions) or they needed to hire illegal aliens in the hopes of not raising
consumers prices, once these demands of equality are a reality?

     Is Big Business underestimating the American people, their will and
patriotism? Will Boycotts of certain businesses grow, like past boycotts of Bank
of America and others or current calls by some to boycott McDonald’s, for their
financial support of LaRaza, continue to grow?

     With the majority of Americans demanding border security and an end to
illegal immigration, at a time when our financial stability is seriously
in question and millions of Americans and Legal Residents are unable to secure
employment – while would this Administration even considering a Comprehensive
Immigration Reform/Guestworker = Amnesty Bill? Most likely for those votes we
set aside before. And, just how are many of those Big and Smaller Businesses,
who to this point have thrown the American Worker under the bus – really are
supporting Amnesty and how are they going to address the ever growing



Ruthie Hendrycks is
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May 17, 2009

Lost Lives – The Continuing Illegal Immigration Saga

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Lost Lives – The Continued Illegal Immigration Saga
By Ruthie Hendrycks

The frustration and animosity concerning illegal immigration – continues to rise.

An example is the most recent case in Nebraska of little Josie Bluhm, age four, whose life was snuffed out May13th, 2009 by an illegal alien with four previous DWI’s – three in Nebraska and one in Kansas, who entered the US illegally approximately 14 years ago

Remember the “Cottonwood Four” of Minnesota who also lost their lives at the hands of an illegal alien behind the wheel. I hesitate to mention them – not with regards to the fury of emotions it brings back with regards to the issue of illegal immigration – but with respect of the families and friends of those lost, and maybe that is the problem.

Many columnists and writers continue to write on such incidences because we are disturbed and angered by the violence we see happening all around us – but, we also hesitate to continually hit home on one particular incident with compassion for those left behind. Compassionately speaking – it is a wrong if you do and a wrong if you do not situation.

Sadly, these tragic accidents could have been avoided and the simple fast that Little Josie and others may be alive today – cannot be denied, if only our immigration policies were enforced. Cases, such as the two mentioned above are not rare – there is case after case to report, but at what cost to the grieving loves ones?

This double standard of non enforcement of certain laws – immigration enforcement- for a select group of individuals – while others, such as Americans and legal residents are expected to conform and follow the law – can only lead to Anarchy – a term I assume Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano would possibly refer to as “Man made Frustration”.

As frustrations continue to grow with these senseless crimes by someone who should bot have been in the country to begin with – we witness nothing by many of our elected officials in the form of addressing the issue. This is compounded with efforts by the mainstream media to put a human side to those who are here illegally committing crimes. When will the mainstream media stop the never ending hug tugging bias reporting of these deaths and elected officials wake up and take action?

Why would such a position be taken by those who were elected to provide for our safety? With regards to the two major parties ( there are more than two parties in this Country)? One party is falling all over themselves to pander to the illegal alien for future votes and funding. While the other party now finds itself dually split, with one side praying for the return of the Grand Old Party and the other attempting to take a middle road of pandering but try as well to retain remnants of what their positions were – not realizing that those they are attempting to pander to – would most likely not switch sides, because of the excessive pandering taking place by the first party.

Sadly, while we wait for real leadership on the issue of illegal immigration – an issue that elected officials and politicians avoid like the plague – it is the lives of innocent children, of average Americans and legal residence, that are felling and living with the realities of illegal immigration.

And for what – with the current population of the US at approx 306,000,000 and the estimated population of illegal aliens at 12 to 30 million – this would equal a percentage of 10 percent – at best. So in essence we have pandering of illegal activity for a small minority of the population and again … at what cost?

Maybe what is really needed is answers to several tough questions…………….
What is the worth of a child’s life? How many votes and to what level of cheap labor, do we allocate for the death of our youth and other as well? What is the price for a diverse nation – no matter what race, color or creed one may be without enforcement of our laws? And truly how important is the rule of law? When will those who are elected to work on behalf of American citizens and to protect and defend – start pandering to Americans and legal residents versus illegal aliens?

We hear discussion after discussion of reform – and that is specifically where both sides – those for and those against illegal immigration – lose ground. What is needed is not reform of our immigration laws, rather ENFORCEMENT. Combined with a resigned commitment for a sensible immigration policy that benefit’s the United States of America, that demands of those wishing to share in the American dream to do so legally – with an understanding of compliance for our language – English, our laws, our cultural aspects and for our Flag – that no other flag may fly above.

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