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“The Joe Arpaio approach to law enforcement is un-American and ineffective. His actions are the perfect example of why the federal government needs to take back control of immigration enforcement and pass a practical immigration reform law that secures our borders and legalizes undocumented workers. It’s welcome news that the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will begin a federal investigation into his unlawful tactics. Arpaio is a modern day Bull Connor and his publicity-seeking crusades have made the Latino community scared and Maricopa County less safe by prioritizing racial profiling over executing the felony warrants that have piled up on his desk.”

“The often politicized and divisive debate around immigration calls for a deeper dialogue shaped by our best religious values of compassion, mercy, justice, and tolerance,” stated the Reverend Jim Wallis, president and Executive Director of Sojourners. “The faith community has a clear responsibility in leading this conversation and helping those who are most vulnerable due to their immigration status.”
The Interfaith Immigration Coalition, a partnership of faith-based organizations committed to enacting fair and humane immigration reform that reflects our mandate to welcome the stranger and treat all human beings with dignity and respect, is leading this effort.

In an interview with Hispanic journalists this week, Emanuel noted that “the arrow is pointing in a different direction in relation to immigration politics in this country.” As evidence, he offered the debate over the recently-enacted Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), when virtually all Democrats in the House and Senate joined with Republicans such as Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), among others, to include legal immigrant children and pregnant women in the program. According to press reports, Emanuel cited the White House’s commitment to including legal immigrants in CHIP as an example of the importance the new

Today, President Barack Obama is scheduled to sign the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) into law, allowing access to health care for millions of children across the country. Included in the bill are provisions to help legal immigrant children and pregnant women get the medical attention they need without facing a five year ban. America’s Voice hailed the passage of common sense provisions to assist legal immigrant children and pregnant women as a sign that the political climate is changing in Washington.

So, according to Steele, the problem isn’t the GOP’s position on immigration reform, it’s their “message”? Republicans in Congress worked to pass the infamous “Sensenbrenner bill” in 2005 that would have made 12 million undocumented immigrants into felons, blocked bipartisan attempts at passing comprehensive reform in 2006 and 2007, and drove millions of Latinos and other Americans to the street (and ultimately the voting booth), and Steele still thinks that a slight change in tone will bring Latinos back to the GOP?