New Memo & Poll (May 15, 2015)

CONTACT: Kelly Monroe Kullberg or Jason Fleagle May 18, 2015
Info@EvangelicalsForBiblicalImmigration.com

Evangelical Voters Prefer American Workers as Immigration Priority:
Poll Results Being Sent to Early Presidential Campaign States

Candidate statements that the first priority of immigration policies should be protecting the interests of American workers draw far more support from evangelical likely voters than statements in favor of increasing immigrant work permits, according to a poll at Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration (EBI), conducted on May 12-13 by Pulse Opinion Research.

The survey asked 800 racially and politically diverse evangelical voters nationwide if they had seen news “about 2016 presidential candidates talking about whether to cut or increase annual legal immigration” (65% said yes, and 28% said no). The voters were then asked their opinion about types of statements being made by potential presidential candidates but without mentioning any name or party.

For the voters most likely to be moved by an issue — those who “strongly” supported and “strongly” opposed statements — the results were striking.

By a 4-1 margin, evangelicals “strongly supported” (40%) rather than “strongly opposed” (11%) a statement that legal immigration should be cut because “the priority for U.S. immigration policy should be to protect American workers and their wages.”

Evangelicals had a nearly opposite response to a statement that legal immigration needs to be increased because “letting people into our country who want to work is good for them and good for us.” (12% strongly supported it; 36% strongly opposed it.)

EBI is sending the survey results and full wording of questions (see them at: evangelicalsforbiblicalimmigration.com) to the potential 2016 presidential candidates and to political party leaders in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

“A number of high-profile voices continue to try to suggest that evangelicals are moving toward policies that would increase legal immigration and reward illegal migration — so-called comprehensive immigration reform,” said author Kelly Monroe Kullberg, EBI spokeswoman and president of Christians for a Sustainable Economy.

“But these poll results show that most evangelicals align with a biblical view of both wise welcome and common sense. When nearly 60 million working-age Americans don’t have jobs, love and common sense would bring more jobs before bringing more workers. When open borders invite danger, love and common sense would secure the borders. One begins to sense that our leaders lack the basic combination of love, common sense and biblical wisdom for the shaping of a sustainable and healthy nation.”
Told that the government currently allows one million legal immigrants each year, 24% of evangelicals said the number should stay the same or be increased. About the same number (25%) said annual legal immigration should be cut to zero. Another 18% advocated an annual level of 100,000, and a total of 60% of evangelicals called for cuts of at least half to 500,000 or below.

On the matter of illegal immigration, evangelicals were read a statement that the priority should be offering work permits and citizenship to illegal immigrants currently in the country (which is the position of several of the potential candidates). Only 26% strongly or somewhat supported the statement, while 67% strongly or somewhat opposed it.

Far more popular was a statement that policies dealing with illegal immigration “must first be about compassion for hard-working Americans.” A total of 73% supported it, while 19% opposed it.

By a 12-1 margin, evangelical voters said it is “more moral” for new jobs to go to unemployed Americans and legal immigrants already here than to give illegal immigrants an equal right to compete for the jobs.

“Why do most evangelicals back these kinds of priorities, is it because they don’t love enough?” Kelly said. “No, it is precisely the opposite. It is because they do love and speak the truth in love. They are trying to be careful stewards of our culture and to care for the more vulnerable of our communities. In Scripture we don’t see open borders and blanket amnesty. We see justice to citizens and wise welcome to well-meaning guests.”

Few evangelical voters (15%) agree with certain evangelical leaders who say Old Testament admonitions to not mistreat aliens and to love the stranger as themselves “mean the U.S. government should offer work permits and legal status to illegal immigrants.”

Most evangelicals (72%) agree with other evangelical leaders who say the Scriptures “mean the U.S. government should offer humane treatment while fairly applying the laws passed by Congress.”

Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration describes itself as an “ad hoc movement of those seeking the whole counsel of Scripture about immigration, citizenship and how we’re to honor, steward and shape our culture. . . Let’s be kind and careful as we discern from the Lord and engage in principled conversation.”

National Survey of 800 Evangelical Christian Likely Voters
Conducted May 12-13, 2015
By Pulse Opinion Research
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/ 3.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

1* Have you seen news about 2016 Presidential candidates talking about whether to cut or increase annual legal immigration?

65% Yes
28% No
7% Not sure

2* One Presidential candidate says that, with wages depressed for many Americans, the level of legal immigration should be cut because “the priority for U.S. immigration policy should be to protect American workers and their wages.” Do you strongly support that statement, somewhat support it, somewhat oppose it, or strongly oppose it?

40% Strongly support
30% Somewhat support
15% Somewhat oppose
11% Strongly oppose
4% Not sure

[Q.2 and Q.3 rotated]

3* Another Presidential candidate says legal immigration of both unskilled and skilled workers should be increased by a lot because letting people into our country who want to work “is good for them and good for us.” Do you strongly support that statement, somewhat support it, somewhat oppose it, or strongly oppose it?

12% Strongly support
24% Somewhat support
24% Somewhat oppose
36% Strongly oppose
4% Not sure

4* Currently the government allows one million legal immigrants each year. How many legal immigrants should the government allow each year — two million, one million, a half-million, 100,000, or zero?

[rotated]

11% Two million
13% One million
17% Half a million
18% 100,000
25% Zero
16% Not sure

5* On the matter of ILLEGAL immigration, one Presidential candidate says America’s immigration policy “must first be about compassion for hard-working Americans.” Do you strongly support that as the priority, somewhat support it, somewhat oppose it, or strongly oppose it?

42% Strongly support
31% Somewhat support
12% Somewhat oppose
7% Strongly oppose
8% Not sure

[Q.5 and Q.6 rotated]

6* Another presidential candidate says the priority for U.S. immigration policy should be offering citizenship to illegal immigrants and giving work permits to nearly all of them currently in the country. Do you strongly support that as the priority, somewhat support it, somewhat oppose it, or strongly oppose it?

9% Strongly support
17% Somewhat support
20% Somewhat oppose
47% Strongly oppose
6% Not sure

7* Which of these three is the most important immigration priority for the next President — giving legal status and work permits to otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants, ensuring employers get the workers they need to keep the economy strong, or protecting unemployed, less-educated Americans from competition with foreign workers?

21% Giving legal status and work permits to otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants,
27% Ensuring employers get the workers they need to keep the economy strong
42% Protecting unemployed, less-educated Americans from competition with foreign workers
11% Not sure

8* In the Old Testament, God often tells the ancient Israelites that they are NOT to mistreat sojourners or aliens and that they should love the stranger as themselves. Do you agree with one group of evangelical leaders who say this means that the U.S. government should offer work permits and legal status to illegal immigrants, or do you agree with another group of evangelicals who say this means that the government should offer humane treatment to illegal immigrants while applying the laws passed by Congress in a fair way?

15% The Scriptures mean the US government should offer work permits and legal status to illegal immigrants
72% The Scriptures mean the US government should offer humane treatment while fairly applying the laws passed by Congress
13% Not sure

9* In terms of the next jobs that open up in the United States, is it more moral for the U.S. government to ensure that the jobs go to unemployed Americans and LEGAL immigrants already here or is it more moral to give ILLEGAL immigrants the right to compete equally for those jobs?

86% More moral for the jobs to go to unemployed Americans and LEGAL immigrants already here
7% More moral for ILLEGAL immigrants to have an equal right to compete for the jobs
7% Not sure

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The national survey of 800 likely Evangelical Christian voters was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research on May 12-13, 2015. Pulse Opinion Research, LLC is an independent public opinion research firm using automated polling methodology and procedures licensed from Rasmussen Reports, LLC.

The survey was conducted using an established automated polling methodology. For 90% of the sample calls were placed to randomly-selected phone numbers through a process that insures appropriate geographic representation. Ten percent (10%) of the sample was conducted via online surveys of those individuals who use a cell-phone as their primary telephone. After the calls and on-line surveys are completed, the raw data is processed through a weighting program to insure that the sample reflects the overall population in terms of age, race, gender, political party, and other factors. The processing step is required because different segments of the population answer the phone in different ways. For example, women answer the phone more than men, older people are home more and answer more than younger people, and rural residents typically answer the phone more frequently than urban residents.

The population targets were based upon census bureau data, a series of screening questions to determine likely voters, and other factors. Pulse Opinion Research determines its partisan weighting targets through a dynamic weighting system that takes into account voting history, national trends, and recent polling.

All media inquiries concerning the survey should be directed to Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration: info@evangelicalsforbiblicalimmigration.com. For additional information, see www.PulseOpinionResearch.com

Letter to Congress, June 23, 2014

Speaker Boehner and other Esteemed Members of the United States Congress ~

Warm summer greetings.  EBI, an ad hoc group of several thousand evangelicals, thanks you for refraining from legislation that would open U.S. jobs to millions more foreign workers before prioritizing jobs and social services for the 18 million Americans who want a full-time job but cannot find one.  This wisdom represents approximately 80% of evangelicals surveyed by Pulse Opinion (via Rasmussen) in 2013, who do not desire an influx of foreign labor in America.  In 2014, 78% of evangelicals felt the biblical admonition to “love the stranger” means “to treat the stranger humanely while applying the law.” Only 11% felt that “love the stranger” means to extend citizenship to those here unlawfully.

God loves us all, and America should remain a land of opportunity. Yet, accelerated immigration in the context of a growing welfare state, such as ours, is unsustainable, unjust to citizens and unbiblical.  It does not yield hospitality but hostility. What would help is a firm border, tens of millions of jobs, justice for citizens who’ve paid into social safety nets, the deportation of gangs and criminals, and the safe return home of children and others in this current Progressive open border import of people.

In Scripture we do not see blanket amnesty but mature discernment, wise welcome and the teaching of Godly cultural stewardship. We find there the principles of human creativity and productivity that yield wealth to sustain care for vulnerable citizens, and to some well-meaning guests. At times in Scripture, we also find the building of walls (Ezra and Nehemiah) that protect from harm and strengthen a nation’s indigenous culture for flourishing.

We respectfully disagree with the Evangelical Immigration Table on some of these matters. We believe many EIT friends mean well, and we are inviting them to dialogue on the whole counsel of Scripture — both of justice to citizens and kindness to guests.  As always, our questions are: What is the nature of love?  What is the whole counsel of Scripture? We also ask, who is funding the EIT, and why?  Sadly, far-Left ThinkProgress, admits to “using an evangelical ‘grasstops’ strategy” to pass amnesty.  And the EIT has admitted that its parent 501 is the National Immigration Forum (NIF). Upon review of an NIF IRS 990, the largest NIF donor is atheist and globalist George Soros, followed by other Progressive foundations. We regret the EIT’s involvement in a Progressive political strategy that diminishes the Church, the sanctity of life, the poor over time, and the nation at large.

We are for wise immigration. In fact, we ask that you prioritize those lawfully applying for U.S. citizenship. They, as well as tax-paying citizens, are often paying the consequences of open borders and lawlessness that confuse our policies and hurt countless people.

Thank you for protecting the U.S. Constitution and thus our citizens who are struggling to find work, healthcare and hope. We pray for you as you help steward America’s good future.

Kelly Monroe Kullberg on behalf of EBI

President, Christians for A Sustainable Economy (CASE4America.org)

Ad hoc, Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration (.com)

Signatories of EBI original Letter to Congress include: Rev. Martin Gutierez; Eric Metaxas, author Bonhoeffer; Amazing Grace; Sandy Rios, American Family Radio; Carol Swain, Prof. of Law, Vanderbilt University; Mark Tooley, President, Institute on Religion and Democracy; Todd Wagner, Sr Pastor, Watermark, Dallas, Texas; Don Wildmon, American Family Association.

Previous letters and recommendations: EvangelicalsforBiblicalImmigration.com

Interviews:  info@EvangelicalsforBiblicalImmigration.com

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Justice for citizens and kindness to guests

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June 22, 2013

Esteemed Members of the United States House and Senate ~

Warm summer greetings from Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration — a growing ad hoc movement of citizens who see the need for wise, sustainable immigration reform and who, therefore, oppose the ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration bill for its lack of wisdom and kindness to American citizens and to the great story and future of America. We honor American first principles and the Judeao-Christian essence and values that made America a nation our own sojourning ancestors believed in, loved and served for their children — for us — to appreciate and to further steward.

Our concern is that the ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration bill will increase debt and danger in America for both citizens and guests, thus further precipitating the decline of the America we love and steward. In Scripture we are taught to make wise distinctions between the well-meaning sojourner (the “ger” in Hebrew who comes lawfully as blessing) and the foreigner who does not advance a nation’s faith, values and story (the “nekhar,” “zar,” and the “goyim”).

Open border and open society profiteers, most notably Mr. George Soros, have hugely funded the National Immigration Forum (NIF*) which quietly and cleverly created an “evangelical” campaign to advance the bill, but the fact is that nowhere in Scripture do we find blanket, undiscerning immigration, asylum and amnesty. Such globalists have used similar strategies of rhetoric manipulation, border weakness and debt-escalation in Europe to profit from ensuing chaos. They and their Islamist geopolitical allies have weakened indigenous democratic and Christian cultures. We, citizens of America, will not stand for this quietly — nor should you, our elected representatives. Manipulation and profiteering from America’s decline both grieves and awakens us. (*Evidence includes NIF’s IRS 990 with Soros’ Open Society Institute as the largest donor, followed by Tides and other globalist, Progressive foundations. Note that OSI has funded Sojourners and other “evangelical” and “Catholic” organizations for similar messaging and immigration projects).

We urge faith, prayer and Bible study for wisdom in every important decision. We ask you to consider the whole of Scripture, and the rights of all people whose lives matter to God, including Americans. The whole counsel of Scripture calls for both justice to citizens as well as kindness to guests. Given the fact that more than twenty million Americans are unemployed, and thousands of small businesses have died under this administration, the majority of American citizens (70% on average of polls) do not desire an influx of foreign labor. We feel, once again, that we are being overlooked by our elected officials.

The bill is unkind to Americans who deserve to live in safety. Scripture teaches cautious welcome, but various sections of this bill (eg.s 3401, 3502, 3504) make asylum easier for our enemies such as the Boston Marathon bombers and others like them. How many Boston Marathon, Fort Hood and 9-11 atrocities shall we enable? In this bill, discretionary power regarding asylum is given to our Attorney General, and border security to President Obama’s DHS which has not shown real interest in protecting Americans and thus will likely not enforce borders in the future. American tax-payers paid for a fence in 2006. Where is the fence?

The bill is unkind to our children who are already facing an unconscionable seventeen trillion dollar national debt ($17,000,000,000,000) which the ‘Gang of Eight’ bill will escalate. Various net cost projections, calculating twenty and thirty years out, are in the trillions of dollars. Please consider the debt burden to children (America’s future) also in relation to the Affordable Healthcare Act (a.k.a. ‘Obamacare’) which appears neither affordable nor conducive to healthcare, as many economists and health professionals are now warning us.

The bill is unfair to twenty million unemployed Americans including lower-skilled workers, college graduates, veterans and the elderly with disappearing savings thus still needing work.

The bill is unfair and unkind to our elders who have spent decades paying into social safety nets including their already-burdened healthcare system.

The bill likely hastens the end of our freedom as a political democracy. With an influx of perhaps 30 million new voters (the equivalent of 30 major cities) given access to social welfare programs within ten years, this bill will very likely weight future elections to the party of entitlements, welfare and debt-escalation. We believe you know this.  Please, default to wisdom and freedom.

The bill is unkind to our representative democracy and Republic. You realize that very few Americans, including elected officials, have read the 1,200-page bill. Yet another massive tome imposed on us is far from what disheartened citizens need. This tactic only further erodes our trust in Congress and the White House. After an unprecedented series of abuses by the Obama IRS, DOJ, DHS, NSA and State Department, the burden is squarely on you, the President and Congress, to rebuild our trust. Ours is a sacred trust that has been tragically abused. We pray for you. We encourage you to re-read and honor our essential guidebooks of the Bible as well as the Declaration and Constitution shaping our unique experiment in freedom and human dignity.

Together, let’s discuss both justice to citizens and kindness to guests. Let’s look at Scripture for its balanced wisdom and whole counsel. The inflow of illegal immigrants must be stopped. The President and Congress have the means but have not shown the will to do so. Existing laws should be enforced. Citizen rights must be respected, as well as the dignity of guests as persons. Then, together as citizens and elected officials, let us start afresh on immigration reform and culture-making from a place of mutual listening, problem-solving and re-establishing America’s future on a firm foundation.

Our entire Letter is here for your earnest consideration: EvangelicalsForBiblicalImmigration.com

1,200 early signers include, as private citizens with affiliations for identification only ~

Earnestly and prayerfully,

  • Kelly Monroe Kullberg
  •   President, Christians for a Sustainable Economy (CASE4America.org)
  •   Author, Finding God Beyond Harvard: the Quest for Veritas
  • Timothy Adams, CREED

  • Jennifer E. Dyer, CDR, USN (Ret.)
  • Becky Gerritson, President, Wetumpka TEA Party (AL)
  • Milton Gutierrez, Pastor
  • Fr. Johannes Jacobse, President, American Orthodox Institute
  • John Killian, President Alabama State Convention (So. Baptist); Pastor, Maytown Baptist Church
  • Eric Metaxas, Author, Bonhoeffer and Amazing Grace
  • Kris Mineau, President, Massachusetts Family Institute
  • Jay Richards, Scholar and Author, Indivisible
  • Sandy Rios, American Family Radio
  • Tom Shields, Chairman, Coalition for Marriage and Family (Massachusetts)
  • Carol Swain, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Univ.; Author, Be The People
  • Mark Tooley President, Institute on Religion and Democracy
  • Todd Wagner, Senior Pastor, Watermark Church, Dallas, TX
  • Tim Wildmon President, American Family Association

Responses and interviews:  info@EvangelicalsForBiblicalImmigration.com

Signatures continued …

  • Gordon Calmeyer The Gathering
  • Donna Hearne Talk show host, St. Louis; Constitution educator