PANEL DISCUSSION: Immigration Reform
September 12, 2013 | 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Houghton College will be hosting a panel discussion on immigration reform on Thursday, September 12, at 8 p.m. in the Center for Fine Arts recital hall. In addition, panel member Galen Carey will be the featured speaker at the chapel service on Friday, September 13, at 11:30 a.m. Both of these events are free and open to the public.
There will be four featured panelists present:
Galen Carey, vice president of governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals, is a representative for the NAE before Congress, the White House and the courts. Prior to working with the NAE, Carey was employed by World Relief.
Dr. Peter Meilaender, Houghton College professor of political science, is the author of the book Toward a Theory of Immigration, as well as author of a number of articles on the topic of immigration and immigration reform.
Daniel Watts is coordinator of G92, a movement seeking to equip the next generation of Christian leaders for an effective, biblical response to immigration. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, where he studied international relations and has previously worked with World Relief.
Jeff True, dairy farmer from Perry, N.Y., employs immigrants. He was featured in a recent New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/13/nyregion/in-immigration-debate-a-focus-on-new-york-dairy-farmers.html?pagewanted=all.
These panelists will be focusing on the challenges and debates within the topic of immigration reform, giving unique perspectives to the issues at hand.
Carey said, “The G92 panel will explore ways that Rep. Tom Reed [congressman for Houghton] and others can protect human dignity, secure our borders, restore respect for the rule of the law, protect family unity, provide visas for the workers our economy needs, and offer a chance for those already here…”
"Christians need to think clearly and compassionately about the reality of illegal immigration,” commented Jordan. “How can we hold many good things together - compassion for the stranger, and the right and obligation of government to provide a measure of security to citizens? Sometimes these seem in competition with each other, and sometimes they are.”
After answering moderated questions, the panel will be open for a question and answer session. Students and community members are invited to join in this important discussion.
During his chapel presentation the following day, Carey will speak on the topic of immigration and the church.
Carey commented, “We should rejoice in God’s provision and work to see that our national policies are consistent with biblical teaching.”