An immigration enforcement advocacy organization is outraged that lawmakers are proposing legislation to provide federal coronavirus benefits to illegal aliens.
Congress consciously excluded illegal aliens from receiving benefits under the $2.2 trillion stimulus package enacted last month, but congressional Democrats are now pushing legislation to grant them coronavirus relief. (See related story about state and local lawmakers pushing for the same thing.)
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) recently introduced the Recovery Rebates Improvement Act, a bill that enables illegal aliens and citizens living with illegal aliens to receive stimulus money. In a public post, Omar referred to illegal immigrants as "American taxpayers."
Likewise, Representative Lou Correa (D-California) has introduced the No Taxpayer Left Behind Act, which expands the eligibility of the $2.2 trillion package to illegal aliens. It would mean that people who file tax returns using Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers -- almost exclusively illegal aliens -- would be eligible for a $1,200 check.
Further, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly wants to make illegal aliens eligible for more financial assistance in the next trillion-dollar stimulus round.
"What we've seen in the past is that these bad ideas tend to start as something that doesn't go anywhere, but over time -- you've got to give these folks credit; they are persistent," comments Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). "They keep coming back and coming back. It is still a longshot for this to come to fruition, but it does give you an indication of the mindset of some of those folks in Congress."
Mehlman says these Democrats want to divert much needed relief from citizens and legal residents to those who are here illegally.
Meanwhile, a Christian apologist says the views of left-leaning Christian leaders regarding immigration do not represent the vast majority of believers.
In a letter to Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, several evangelical leaders, including Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, are calling on the Trump administration to release some of the illegals who are being held in immigration detention centers. They claim those individuals pose no threat to public safety during the coronavirus pandemic.
The letter also urges alliances with religious and other local groups to help find released detainees "safe accommodations in which to 'shelter in place' for as long as such practices are advised."
"For one thing, this is not Christian," contends Dr. Alex McFarland, a Christian apologist and author. "It's not constitutional and not good for the country. And let me say with great emphasis that these leaders, including Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention, don't speak for American Christendom. And I would say specifically Russell Moore doesn't speak for the vast majority of Southern Baptists that he frequently presents himself as representing."
But if Christians want to throw their money toward something that stands against what they believe and teach, McFarland says they are certainly free do so.
"Let me say as an active Southern Baptist, I can't give to the [SBC's] Cooperative Program as long as it's going to help underwrite leftist beliefs and positions that are unbiblical and un-American," he adds.