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Editor: Jeb Should Listen to Evangelicals on Immigration

By    |   Friday, 22 May 2015 05:53 PM

New polling of evangelical Christians showing that 40 percent "strongly support" a cut in legal immigration to protect U.S. workers should give pause to likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, says editor Kelly Monroe Kullberg.

In an interview with "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth on Newsmax TV on Friday, Kullberg, founder of the Veritas Forum and editor of "Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christians," said the Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration (EBI) survey reflects the thinking of evangelicals that "open borders and a welfare state is a very dangerous combination."

"What I found and many have discovered is that some [Bible] verses and Scripture are cherry-picked for political purposes," she said, insisting there is no conflict in the Leviticus admonition to "welcome the stranger."

"What you see in Scripture is not open borders and not amnesty, but wise and discerning welcome."

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Kullberg agreed with Hayworth that the survey illustrates a disconnect among GOP presidential candidates — particularly Bush — and evangelicals on the question of immigration.

"[Wisconsin] Gov. [Scott] Walker and maybe [former Pennsylvania Sen.] Rick Santorum have been closer aligned to this polling — that evangelical likely voters are very interested in America healing and getting back to work again as well as kindness to the lawful, well-meaning foreigner who's here legally. [Former Florida] Gov. Bush might be a bit off on this."

Bush, who supports granting legal status to undocumented immigrants over an extended period of time, earlier this month said that if he ran and was elected president, he wouldn't immediately overturn President Barack Obama's executive order protecting millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. 

Kullberg asserted that the EBI poll is lining up with previous polling on this question.

"Something like 78 percent of evangelicals believe that loving the stranger is to treat the stranger/foreigner kindly and humanly while applying the rule of law," she said. "Only 11 percent in one poll and about a little bit more in this last poll . . . said that [about offering] work permits and citizenship."

"We have 60 million Americans out of work . . . so this common sense and love and biblical wisdom would say let's be kind to our neighbors and one another so that we can, as a nation, offer hospitality because we need to rebuild strength in America," she added.

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