Worldnet DailyPosted: July 04, 2010 7:11 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh Â© 2010 WorldNetDaily
A new declaration on immigration already backed by hundreds of pastors who lead tens of thousands of people urges the government to secure the national borders as the first part of any reform strategy.
The petition, and an accompanying pastors' declaration on border security and immigration, has been posted online at ImmigrationDeclaration.org.
"We, as pastoral leaders called by God to proclaim His truth and acting in the tradition of our nation's history to lift our voice in the public square when there are those societal issues that demand just action by our governing representatives, do hereby present this statement of general principles and call on our elected state and national leaders," the statement proclaims.
It calls on representatives to:
End the contentious political posturing and bickering polarizing the nation.
Engage in genuine dialogue and come together to arrive at real solutions to the crisis.
Listen to the voice of the majority of people who demand secure borders, credible enforcement of current immigration laws by the federal government, reforming the broken immigration system and humanely addressing those who have entered the country illegally.
Recognize and acknowledge that the crisis would already be resolved if past administrations and Congresses had exercised courageous leadership and had been willing to work together to take the necessary steps for resolution.
Pledge to resolve this crisis by taking courageous, decisive and immediate steps. Pastor Dave Welch of the U.S. Pastor Council, who has been involved in the project, told WND the first goal is to raise awareness of the issue and commitment to a solution among pastors and the congregations they lead.
More, petition: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=174021