Who Would Jesus Deport?

Posted on February 13, 2007. Filed under: immigration, Rights & Liberties, Team America |

Our God, these people hate us and have wished horrible things for us. Please answer our prayers and make their insults fall on them!

Anti-immigrant rhetoric is dovetailing with odes to God and country.

When did immigration assume a place next to abortion and traditional marriage as a “family” issue for the religious right??

From Who Would Jesus Deport? (AlterNet):

The Secure Borders Coalition is where the religious right meets and meshes with the extreme end of anti-immigrant politics. An alliance of Christian Right groups, hard-right organizations like Accuracy in Media and the Swift Boat Veterans, and strident but secular anti-immigration outfits such as the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, the coalition in June issued a strong statement opposing all amnesty and guest worker proposals. It vowed to oppose any candidate, regardless of his or her stance on other issues, who does not toe the line on immigration. Remarkably, it also calls for a near-freeze in legal immigration.

So what’s going on? In the words of FRC’s Tony Perkins, what’s at stake is not so much guarding America’s security as protecting its “cultural fabric.”

Gary Bauer, president of American Values and an icon of the religious right, has said as much. In June, Bauer wrote an op-ed for USA Today that decried the failure of Latino immigrants to integrate into American society. “Hyphenated Americans put other countries and affiliations first, and they drive a wedge into the heart of ‘one nation’,” he wrote.

Nativism has been a recurring obsession among religious Americans since the colonial era. As they assume battle positions in the 21st-century immigration debate, today’s hard-line crusaders echo mid-19th century Know-Nothings who decried “ignorant and depraved foreigners” from Italy and Ireland. Ditto 20th-century nativists like FDR’s Assistant Secretary of State, Breckinridge Long, who thought Jewish and Slavic immigrants were entirely unfit to become citizens of this country. … They are lawless, scheming, [and] defiant.”

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