News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

NOCHE

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Akron General


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Ohio


Evangelical Ohioans push for immigration changes in D.C.
They say an overhaul is a spiritual as well as practical imperative
Story by LEWIS WALLACE


 
Martin Luther King's Bible. The civil rights leader has inspired some of the call for immigration reform.
Courtesy of Some rights reserved by mattlemmon
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Conservative leaders from Ohio are in Washington today, lobbying for immigration changes. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports the visit is a collaboration among businesses, evangelicals and law enforcement.

LISTEN: Ohio conservatives push for immigration changes

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:59)


While the Senate passed a comprehensive bill earlier this year, the House has yet to bring a bill to the floor. So  20 Ohio leaders are among the hundreds who have meetings set with U.S. House Republicans Tuesday.

Carl Ruby is a retired professor from Cedarville University, and he recently got involved in immigration activism as a leader of the Bibles, Badges and Business network, a cosponsor of the lobbying event. He says many Ohio businesses, among them dairy farms, have a stake in a new immigration system.

“In our part of Ohio, there are a lot of larger dairy farms,” he said on call from Washington. “If you visit those farms you’ll find that almost all of the workers are immigrants.”

He says immigrants are a key part of the economy, providing a flexible workforce and bringing in specialized skills. But his personal reasons for advocating reform are more Bible, less business. For him reform boils down to two religious principles.

The theology of immigration
“One is that immigrants should be treated with dignity and respect, and second that we should promote policy that tries to keep families together,” he said. He became interested in immigration as a faith issue in part after a Civil Rights bus tour with students during which they read Martin Luther King’s “Letter From A Birmingham Jail.”

“When I actually read the letter, I was surprised how much theology was in it, how much scripture was in it.”

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio holds the key to passing an immigration overhaul by year’s end. Ruby says his group isn’t asking for a particular agenda, although it broadly supports family unity, tight border security, a new process for coming legally to the U.S., and a path to citizenship for those already living here without legal documents.

“There are misconceptions about immigrants out there,” he said. “The vast majority come here to work, they come here to do jobs that most Americans don’t want to do.”

Today’s event, called “Americans for Reform: Immigration Reform for our Economy, Faith and Security,” is also sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Partnership for a New American Economy, and Forward US, the Silicon Valley political action group created by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.


Here's a story from Politico on John Boehner and immigration changes: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/john-boehner-immigration-98734.html 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook



Stories with Recent Comments

Farm-to-School: Cafeteria lunch is fresh and local at Tallmadge High School
Great job Tallmadge City Schools! So glad to have a progressive business manager and superintendant!

World premiere at Cleveland Institute of Music is fanfare for a new theme
J'ai une grande admiration pour Daniil Trifonov que j'ai vu en concert deux fois à Paris je ne lui trouve pas d'égal c'est un ange tombe du ciel

Kent's journalism school faculty protest presidential search secrecy
There really was too much secrecy behind the selection process. Hopefully the letter by the faculty members will convince the board to provide more information ...

Belgian cargo ship creates new export route between Antwerp and NEO
The vessel is registered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Not in Belgium ;)

Exploradio: Tracking Ohio's champion trees
Absolutely loved this story. We lost 3 of our larger ash trees last year due to EAB. Big, beautiful trees are something to be treasured, and many times they tru...

Ohio's rules on fracking and earthquakes are a first
I'm right in the middle of the issue. Like oil independence, but hope there is pre- and current-drilling assurance re dangers from pollution, earthquakes and th...

Bridgestone exec indictments are latest step in a billion-dollar price-fixing case
Why is O.P.E.C Not investigated and charges brought against it and it's member companies? It sounds exactly the same...

Ohio's new drilling rules rely on known earthquake faults
requiring drillers to place seismic monitors when they drill within 3 miles of known fault lines. This comment really upsets me!! What good does an instrument t...

Kasich's gubernatorial ad focuses on his blue-collar roots
John Kasich is the biggest con-man in America. He will say one thing and then do the opposite. He is terribly successful at fooling the public and he is worki...

Cab drivers who refuse to drive Gay Games taxis will be replaced
the irony is that most americans distrust or hate muslims much more than they hate gays!! silly ignorant bigots-GO HOME!!!

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University