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Wallis: Arizona immigration bill a “social and racial sin”

April 23, 2010

Jim Wallis doesn’t mince words on legislation that would crack down on suspected illegal immigrants. “Suspected” is a key word here because it really opens the door wide to racial profiling for law enforcement. Check out his piece in Sojourners.

Arizona’s SB 1070 must be named as a social and racial sin, and should be denounced as such by people of faith and conscience across the nation. This is not just about Arizona, but about all of us, and about what kind of country we want to be. It’s time to stand up to this new strategy of “deportation by attrition,” which I heard for the first time today in Arizona. It is a policy of deliberate political cruelty, and it should be remembered that “attrition” is a term of war. Arizona is deciding whether to wage war on the body of Christ. We should say that if you come after one part of the body, you come after all of us.

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