Again, Leo Hohmann writing at World Net Daily reveals how even Republicans like former Gov. Jeb Bush are on the bandwagon to bring in more immigrants and refugees—is this for his big business donors’ desire for cheap labor?
What makes me so annoyed is to see politicians, like Bush, co-opting a certain segment of the ‘evangelical’ community and making it sound like it is all about ‘welcoming the stranger’ rather than about the almighty dollar!
For background, see our original post on Spartanburg/World Relief and Jason Lee here with updates.
This is how Hohmann’s article from last night begins (emphasis is mine):
A group of pastors met with presidential hopeful Jeb Bush earlier this month in South Carolina to try to get a feel for his candidacy.
Bush described the importance of his faith, saying he reads the Bible daily, and he shared his views on hot-button issues at the May 2 meeting in Spartanburg. The pastors’ ears perked up when the former Florida governor, who converted to Catholicism after marrying a Mexican woman, talked about immigration and refugees.
Bush’s history on this issue is consistent:
* In 2009, Bush sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis advocating an immigration plan developed by the Council on Foreign Relations. That report included in its recommendations an earned pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
* In February 2014 Bush was one of 10 national Republicans who signed a statement calling for the U.S. to import more refugees. Bush was joined in signing the document by Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform and a known supporter of Muslim Brotherhood front groups.
One of the pastors listening to Bush on May 2 in Spartanburg was Jason Lee, a local pastor who was tapped to be director of the new Spartanburg office of World Relief, which is a major player in the refugee resettlement business.
World Relief plans to bring in 60 refugees from Syria and Africa over the next year. The announcement that Muslim refugees would be arriving soon in this small Southern city brought no small measure of controversy, splitting the Christian community in half. Some want to welcome the refugees while others think the city already has enough poverty, unemployment and homeless veterans that need their attention.
The controversy has led to a proposed provision being added in the state budget that would require counties to sign off on plans for refugees before any funds could be released for their resettlement. The proposal has passed the state House but remains fluid in the Senate.
“This proviso would stop the resettlements in Spartanburg for at least a year because World Relief is not going to bring refugees here if they can’t sign them up for all the welfare benefits that flow through the state, because the churches do not support this program financially,” said Christina Jeffrey, a local Christian activist who comes down on the opposite side of the issue from Jason Lee.
“The people are very confused on this,” she said. “They think the churches support it with their own money.”
Lee said he was impressed by what he heard from Bush. In a twist of irony, the former Republican governor’s views on immigrants and refugees mesh with South Carolina’s religious left, more than the religious right.
Please read on. There is much more especially about other Evangelical groups pushing back against the Leftist Evangelicals represented by World Relief.
Learn more about Kelly Monroe Kullberg and ‘Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration’ here at their facebook page. Learn how the religious left is attempting to co-opt Christians. Join more than 31,000 others who ‘like’ the page!
See NumbersUSA scorecard on the 2016 Presidential hopefuls. Bush has a D+ score on immigration and jobs for Americans!