Churches Out of Step, Tancredo Says

M.E. Sprengelmeyer, Rocky Mountain News (Denver), Feb. 22, 2006

WASHINGTON—Rep. Tom Tancredo has accused leaders of some of the country’s biggest religious denominations of being out of step with their own followers on the issue of illegal immigration.

Tancredo, a Littleton Republican, released a statement Tuesday blasting the U.S. Catholic Church, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society for lobbying against a border-enforcement bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives last year.

“The faith community must step forward and tell leftist activists that undermining border security is not a religious imperative,” Tancredo said.

“I call on the conservative majority of churchgoers to contact the activists who are misrepresenting their beliefs.”

Various religious groups have lined up against the House-passed bill, which calls for building a fence along portions of the U.S.-Mexico border, plus tougher enforcement against illegal immigrants and those who employ them.

The Washington, D.C., office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) issued an alert to members saying, “This enforcement-only bill is anti-immigrant, unfair, and unjust.”

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