Land sees Obama immigration speech as “proposal” to Congress

By Richard Land
Jul 2, 2010

Richard Land responded to President Barack Obama’s address about immigration reform given today, describing immigration as an issue that requires “presidential leadership.”

Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, attended the speech at the American University at the request of the White House. Land has been calling for “just and compassionate” immigration reform since 2006. His previous statements and other information on this issue can be found here.

His full statement is as follows:

“I applaud the President for his bold and important speech today. The presidency is a unique institution in American life. There are some things that require presidential leadership, and the immigration issue is one of them. This speech by the President, in and of itself, will not solve the immigration crisis, but this speech was a necessary prerequisite to bringing about a fair and just solution to the immigration crisis that is rending the social fabric of our nation.

“In any marriage, you have to first have an initial proposal. The President proposed this morning. It’s up to the Congress to now accept that proposal or to construct its own proposal and to bring forth a bill that will consummate the marriage. We need to call upon our congressmen and senators to behave like statesmen. Politicians think about the next election; statesmen think about the next generation.

“The President laid out a general concept. The problem is always in the details, and I believe that any solution that will meet the fundamental requirement of being accepted by the American people will include securing the border first with measurable metrics that have been certified as met by the federal government in terms of stemming the flow of illegal immigration prior to the implementation of any program that would allow currently undocumented workers to begin a probationary pathway toward legal status, which would include going to the back of the line behind those who have been and are trying to come here legally.

“The Arizona law is a cry for help from a state that is in crisis because the federal government has not done its job for many years now. President Obama has laid out the groundwork for the beginning of an urgent conversation that must be taken up immediately to bring about a solution to this crisis so that we can begin to mend the social fabric, rather than continue to rend it.”

Further Learning

Learn more about: Citizenship, Immigration, Legislation, National, Social Issues,

You May Also Like

Letter to President Obama re: gun control

By Staff - Jan 15, 2013

Below is a letter sent to President Obama urging him to propose sensible legislative actions to curb gun violence and to reject “knee-jerk policy responses” that would infringe on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.…

Read More

Writing Your Personal Vision

By Hugh Whelchel - Jan 29, 2014

Alice came to a fork in the road. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire Cat. “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then,” said the Cat, “It doesn’t matter.” - Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland
Read More

VIDEO: What if Carl Henry were alive today?

By Thomas Willis - Feb 21, 2014

Jason G. Duesing, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, discusses one of the great theologians of the 20th century, Carl F. H. Henry.

“I think Henry would look at today’s culture and encourage believers to offer a message of hope and to speak the true truth,” said Duesing.…

Read More
Court Connection: Ruling against Christian Group and Kagan Nomination Obama’s immigration speech ‘necessary’ step, SBC’s Land says