Editor’s Note: This blog originally appeared in August 2012.

America prides itself for being the golden door of opportunity and freedom. Today, that ideal of being the refuge for the world is increasingly overshadowed by the competition for human capital in lucrative fields such as science, technology, and medicine. Instead of […]

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America prides itself for being the golden door of opportunity and freedom. Today, that ideal of being the refuge for the world is increasingly overshadowed by the competition for human capital in lucrative fields such as science, technology, and medicine. Instead of welcoming the “poor huddled masses,” it seems more politically-correct today to revise the […]

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Last Wednesday, Chick-Fil-A reportedly hit an all-time sales record.  Hundreds of thousands of Americans—many of them evangelical Christians—proudly purchased a chicken sandwich to show their support for the restaurant chain, known by many Christians for the owners’ efforts to operate their business in ways consistent with biblical values.  The crowds on Wednesday came […]

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Which state do you think is the home to more undocumented immigrants: Arizona, New Jersey, or North Carolina?

If there’s one state that we hear associated in the news with illegal immigration, it’s probably Arizona, whose harsh state-level immigration bill passed two years ago, SB 1070, inspired copycat bills in various other states and […]

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Electoral success in the American political system, dominated by two major parties, necessitates a coalition of individuals driven by different, often unrelated interests.  In the contemporary Republican Party, many supporters are driven first and foremost by a commitment to the sanctity of life—including, in particular, preborn life—and they believe the Republicans are more likely […]

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I began devising responses to some of their information that would publicly cut them down, exposing what I viewed as their naiveté, gullibility, and hypocrisy. But then, as my mind went racing through the various economic studies and Scriptures I could cite to belittle their views, God convicted me of my own hypocrisy: doesn’t God love the Minutemen and similar groups? Aren’t they made in his image (Genesis 1:26-27), just like each undocumented immigrant? Didn’t Jesus die to save sinners—like them, like me (Romans 5:8)?

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As I sat there—hour after hour—I was flabbergasted by the way that the receptionist treated the various people who arrived at the front of the line. Her standard greeting was a stern “why are you here?” (not, “good morning, how can I help you?”) and she would berate people for not knowing what and where their “A Number” was. She also did not speak Spanish; I ended up spending part of the day translating for Spanish-speaking immigrants whom she began to yell at after they did not understand her instructions.

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The story leading up to the day we got those deportation orders is complicated. My mom, biological dad, and I emigrated to the U.S. from China when I was three. We were on our way to becoming permanent residents when my parents divorced. My mom lost the right to be included under my dad’s employer-sponsored permanent residency application. Having no other means at the time to attain permanent legal status, she outstayed her visa and became undocumented. My step-dad came into the country illegally to work, and remained that way ever since. My mom and step-dad’s deportation notices came out of the blue. It came after they married, had children, began running their own restaurant, and lived many years of everyday life. In that instant, their normal expectations of continuing to work hard at their business, save for retirement, and raise their children to adulthood together in the community they had come to call home suddenly reversed into unattainable wishful thinking.

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