Pastors' Declaration on Border Security and Immigration Reform
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Overview

Many voices are speaking to the volatile and contentious issues of the dysfunction within the U.S. immigration system both here and abroad, as well as the vital and desperate need to secure our national borders.  It is our conviction that the historically-respected voice of the pulpits has been needed to bring balance, principle and reasoned dialogue; however that voice has too often been provided by clergy who have rejected the orthodox tenets of the Christian faith and the authority of Holy Scripture.

Therefore, to offer what we believe to be a solid balance between justice (the rule of law) and compassion (treating all people with dignity and respect), a group of leading and highly respected pastors in Houston, Texas came together to initiate the drafting of what became this declaration.  We recognize that even like-minded people of the Christian faith can disagree on strategy even where we agree on principle, and our objective was to avoid attempting to "write legislation" but rather to assert clear principles.



(Video clip from July 9, 2010 press conference in Houston, Texas)

Pastors representing essentially every ethnic and denominational background have signed on and continue to sign on in support of this declaration.  We unashamedly and unapologetically profess that we approach this issue, like all issues, through our Worldview based on belief in the essential doctrines of Christianity.  If this declaration is carefully read and considered, we believe that the majority of Protestant and Catholic pastors in this country who also still believe in the "essentials" can confidently sign on as well.

We pray and expect that those serving us in state legislative bodies, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and the White House will hear, listen to and respond to the voices of thousands of pastors representing hundreds of thousands of god-fearing, patriotic citizens of our our faith from coast to coast who firmly call for action - now.

We will add informational resources and links to this site for pastors and others seeking a sound, Biblical viewpoint and respectful dialogue on the three fundamental steps we outline in the Pastors' Declaration on Border Security and Immigration Reform - in this order:

·         Secure our national borders first

·         Reform the immigration system

·         Implement a just process to legal status for specified illegal immigrants

While we drafted and present this declaration first to our greater Houston area elected officials, then to the the Texas legislative and Congressional delegations, we offer this to all pastors in every city and state as a model to support local pastors in your efforts to bring this voice to your city and state.

If you believe that a Biblically-balanced solution is vital and the influence of Biblically-minded pastors is greatly needed on this issue, please sign on as soon as possible as a supporter of this Declaration. We will constantly update the list of signers and will assist pastors in strategies to enlist your peers in your city as well as effectively bringing these principles before your state and federal legislators.

Finally, we welcome non-pastors of every walk of life to sign on as well as a "Supporter" to stand behind these principles. 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE PASTORS' DECLARATION ON BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION REFORM

CLICK HERE FOR A CURRENT LIST OF PASTORS WHO HAVE ENDORSED THIS DECLARATION

DOWNLOAD A PDF VERSION OF THE PASTORS' DECLARATION
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