Georgia Baptists take a hard line on illegal immigration

Atlanta protestors demonstrated this month against Georgia Board of Regents policies that bar immigrants without legal status from attending five of the state’s top schools and paying in-state tuition rates at its others. The demonstrators are attending Atlanta-based Freedom University, a tuition-free school that helps prepare them for college. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Atlanta protestors demonstrated this month against Georgia Board of Regents policies that bar immigrants without legal status from attending five of the state’s top schools and paying in-state tuition rates at its others. The demonstrators are attending Atlanta-based Freedom University, a tuition-free school that helps prepare them for college. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

One week after the American electorate endorsed the presidency of Donald Trump and a much tougher approach to illegal immigration, Georgia Baptists gathered in Savannah to add an “amen.”

We’re a tad late in reporting this news, but on Nov. 15, the state’s largest Christian denomination called for “the federal and state government to enforce all existing immigration laws.”logo-all

The resolution, passed at the denomination’s annual state convention, also noted that it is “a violation of federal law to bring in, harbor, shield from detection, transport, employ or encourage an unauthorized immigrant to remain in these United States or to engage in any conspiracy to commit any of the preceding acts.”

From the Christian Index:

The document walked the fine line between acknowledging “the federal government’s failure to fulfill its responsibility in the area of illegal immigration during both the Democratic and Republican administrations” and the biblical mandates to “not mistreat the alien living among you … act compassionately toward those who are in need … love our neighbors as ourselves … [and] do unto others as we would have them do unto us.”

During his campaign, Trump promised to deport the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States. The Georgia Baptist resolution doesn’t specifically address deportation, but rather called for the federal government to address national security by “efficiently and humanely enforcing our immigration and employment laws.”

‘”We urge the United States Congress to address seriously and swiftly the question of how to deal realistically and compassionately with the illegal immigration crisis in a way that will restore trust among the citizenry,” the resolution states. Read the entire thing here.

The Georgia Baptist resolution omits any mention of a path to legal status for illegal immigrants, which was a feature of a 2011 resolution passed by the Southern Baptist Convention — the denomination’s national organization.

Much of this language, contained in the national 2011 statement, was missing as well:

RESOLVED, That we declare that any form of nativism, mistreatment, or exploitation is inconsistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we deplore any bigotry or harassment against any persons, regardless of their country of origin or legal status; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we ask our governing authorities to prioritize efforts to secure the borders and to hold businesses accountable for hiring practices as they relate to immigration status; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we ask our governing authorities to implement, with the borders secured, a just and compassionate path to legal status, with appropriate restitutionary measures, for those undocumented immigrants already living in our country; and be it further

RESOLVED, That this resolution is not to be construed as support for amnesty for any undocumented immigrant…

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MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” reports today that Donald Trump is furious at former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway’s Sunday comments aimed at the presidential-elect’s consideration of Mitt Romney for secretary of state:

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You know that on Sunday, President-elect Donald Trump alleged, without evidence and via Twitter that, 3 million illegal immigrants had cast ballots for Democrat Hillary Clinton. Presumably, to explain her 2 million-ballot lead in the popular vote.

You also have the Clinton campaign joining a Green Party recount push in three states the Democratic presidential nominee lost on Nov. 8. The Washington Post explains why both developments are important:

The charges and countercharges could present a highly toxic issue for the Justice Department, including Sen. Jeff Sessions ­(R-Ala.), Trump’s nominee to be attorney general, whose tenure, if confirmed, comes amid a long-running battle over renewal of the Voting Rights Act. The two parties are already locked in fights over ballot access, with Republicans advocating ID requirements and other limitations that Democrats say are aimed at suppressing the votes of minorities and others more likely to vote Democratic.

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The newest member of Georgia’s congressional delegation was chosen to represent freshmen in the House committee that hammers out Republican policy priorities.

Soon-to-be congressman Drew Ferguson, R-West Point, was picked by fellow House GOP freshmen for the Republican Policy Committee post.

The advisory panel meets weekly when Congress is in session to hash out policy proposals before pitching them to the full House GOP. Several other Georgia lawmakers served on the committee over the last two years.

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Staying on Capitol Hill for a moment, members of the House will vote Wednesday on a medical innovation bill that’s become something of a a legislative Christmas tree for pet health policy initiatives as Congress looks to wrap up its work for the year.

The $6.3 billion proposal, quietly unveiled on Black Friday, includes in its almost 1,000 pages of text several new directives for the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration.

Our Cox colleague Jamie Dupree has more here on the massive proposal, which congressional leaders are hoping to speed through by the end of the week.

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193 comments
Tracy Manning
Tracy Manning

Funny how they take a hard line on immigration while setting up those mangers in their yard. Had Joseph not taken his family to Egypt, Jesus would have died at 2 instead of 33. Merry Christmas y'all.

Brenda Wilkins
Brenda Wilkins

Christians of course support the rule of law. Plenty of laws abound on how to get into this country. Sneaking in isn't one of them!

Stetson Rawlings
Stetson Rawlings

What part of ILLEGAL ALIEN do you nutbag liberals not understand? Guess what? It's the law and it will be enforced. Law and order will be restored. Get used to it or get the hell out!

Tony Brown
Tony Brown

AJC trying to shame and scare voters clinging to identity politics... yes it's true most people of good will in Georgia want an immigration policy that encourages legal immigration with people who will contribute and discourages illegal immigration with people coming intending to go do harm... some people call that racist we call it commons sense

Jean Allen
Jean Allen

GOOD,JUST FRICKIN DEPORT THEM ILLEGAL ALIENS.AND MUSLIMS TOO

Billy Strain
Billy Strain

I'm a Baptist myself, and if this is their stand, then they will stand without me. Let their hard-hardheartedness speak for themselves!

James Campbell
James Campbell

i am seeing the many comments of bigots against religion who demand tolerance, but will not tolerate anyone who differs in opinion. I am sick and tired of their whiny intolerance while I am supposed to remain passive in response to their bullying. Many of them don't even discuss the fact that illegals are simply breaking laws...........That's why they are illegal. Any one who is not in favor of following the laws of our land, should shut their pie holes and work to change the law. If that doesn't work out for them, they are in a minority.......last time I heard any practical commonsense, the majority opinion calls the shots.

Aldonna Elliott Langley
Aldonna Elliott Langley

You people basing us. Do you lock your door at night? Why? Why not let everyone in. Share your food let them sleep on your couch. Share your apartment for free.. We have a right to have boarders. We have a right to be safe in our own country. My taxes are high enough! How many illegal people do you think we can afford?

Terri Parker
Terri Parker

Roy you have no idea who's ancestors did what! And many Natives did plenty themselves.

Greg Maddox
Greg Maddox

So all of you on here blasting Georgia Baptist for this, grow some balls and protest the countries that do this very thing, say Mexico

Kim Riggins
Kim Riggins

I think it's time we let Georgia Baptists in on a little secret: No one cares what you think.

Kim Riggins
Kim Riggins

Nah. The influence of the church is slowly but surely waning (thank God). That's what happens when you forsake the God you claim to serve. It really can't happen fast enough.

Kay Watson
Kay Watson

Jesus had brown skin and didn't speak English. Just sayin.

Kay Watson
Kay Watson

Who didn't immigrate to the US, so... I'm not sure where you're going with that.

Carroll Myers
Carroll Myers

Such compassion from supposed Christians. Guess they prefer to ignore that verse on Hebrews 13:2 "do not forget to show hospitality of strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." Shame on you supposed Christians.

Terry Bozeman
Terry Bozeman

I wish they could worry about clothing the needy, caring for the sick, housing for homeless you know things Christians do.

Richard Green
Richard Green

There are Baptists in Georgia that are not Southern Baptist (Souther Baptist Convention). The Georgia Baptist Convention does not speak for all of us.

Bonnie Martin
Bonnie Martin

Not surprised at the position of these cult members.

John Michael Thornton
John Michael Thornton

Wow! I thought Jesus told us the two greatest commandments in the law were to Love God...and Love our fellow man....not seeing much love here...

John Michael Thornton
John Michael Thornton

Lee Waters hate on brother hate on! The vast majority of the undocumented immigrants are hard working people who take care of their own. I just don't think this is an issue for the church....

Brian Stuart
Brian Stuart

God also says beware of wolves in sheeps clothing.

Tom Hornbuckle
Tom Hornbuckle

The issue is breaking the law of the United States

John Michael Thornton
John Michael Thornton

Actually the issue I was commenting on was the church getting involved in Caesars business...churches IMHO should be concerned with following Gods law...showing LOVE and saving souls...

Lee Waters
Lee Waters

John Michael Thornton. No it's the law, I'm tired of the illegals coming here . If they want to come follow the law and come legally , this country gives away money supporting these people , free medical, food stamps and a lot more, while our insurance cost has doubled to pay for the train wreck Oboma care , dip shits like you are the problem ,

John Michael Thornton
John Michael Thornton

Lee Waters again my post was questioning the church getting involved in politics... But YOU clearly have no idea who Jesus is....show me in the bible where Jesus said "feed ONLY the legal immigrant children" or where he said "we can't take care of the poor if it causes our insurance rates to go up" by the way...the are 11 million undocumented immigrants in America (Trumps number) ....what's that is about 3% of our population....do you seriously believe that small number is responsible for your high insurance premiums? No...your premiums are high because of money grubbing INSURANCE companies and High Dollar medical providers and hospitals.... Again...Jesus over and over and over told us to love everyone especially the children...to take care of the poor as they would be blessed in heaven...by the way Jesus lived on earth in a time of immigration crisis...his land was ruled by the Romans....but, he never showed hate for Caesar or his minions...x

Joanna Lidia Mirage
Joanna Lidia Mirage

How many times AJC will be using the same over and over photo ? I understand that this shot instantly set the tone of article and you will know who is the "bad guy" and who are "the victims" right away but... it's getting lame...

Michael Hall
Michael Hall

They are talking about enforcing the law, what's the problem ?

Chee Hill
Chee Hill

The Bible is not the law, that's the problem.

Greg Maddox
Greg Maddox

Chee, so you think the Bible is where we get our federal and state laws from, wow, not gonna waste anymore time on this one. Ignorant liberal America