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Posted on March 31, 2013

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SHORTER PATH FOR IMMIGRANTS TO BECOME CITIZENS

As faith communities, our Scriptures are very clear that we are to welcome and provide help to strangers and foreigners among us, in fact, to treat them as we treat our neighbors and kin.

To do so is not only right, but it will strengthen our nation, just as have influxes of immigrants in the past like the Germans and Irish.

We do indeed believe that no more families should be broken up by deportations while Congress works on immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for 11 million  law abiding Hispanics aspiring to become citizens. These Hispanics live, work and raise families here and contribute to our communities.

However, rather than the 13-year waiting period for citizenship currently proposed  by President Barack Obama and the Gang of Eight, we support a seven-year process which more quickly brings them in from the shadows and allows them to become full participants in our society. In Germany, for example, it takes eight years to become a citizen.

We need to follow the Scriptures in providing help for the 11 million Hispanic foreigners living in our nation instead of deportations and harsh laws aimed at these hard working people among us.

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