A July 18 story in The Sacramento Bee quotes Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., resident bishop for the California-Nevada Annual Conference (region) of The United Methodist Church, on the topic of immigration reform.
The story "Broad Coalition of Faith Leaders Urges Immigration Reform," by Jennifer Garza, reports that faith leaders are speaking up on the issue "From their pulpits to TV talk shows." The call for immigration reform, Garza writes, has come from a variety of faith leaders, including Southern Baptists, mainline Protestants, evangelicals, Jewish groups, and Roman Catholics. And she quotes Bishop Brown as saying the diversity of leaders reflects the importance of the issue.
"This is drawing more voices to the table – the conservative ones and the more liberal ones – people are concerned about the ethical issues," the bishop said. "There are no easy answers. It is a complex situation … but the Arizona law is misguided."
On the eve of the law's enactment, a federal judge issued a temporary injunction to block the most controversial portions of it from going into effect – including a provision which would require police to ask people they suspect could be illegal immigrants to prove their status. The Arizona Governor then filed an expedited appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals asking that the injunction be lifted. It is anticipated that the battle ultimately will be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court.
To read "Broad Coalition of Faith Leaders Urges Immigration Reform" in its entirety, paste http://www.sacbee.com/2010/07/18/2897608/broad-coalition-of-faith-leaders.html into your web browser – or go to sacbee.com and type "broad coalition of faith leaders" in the search window. The story will appear second in the list of results.