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Evangelical Elites Want Illegal Aliens Released Because of COVID-19

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Several powerful evangelical elites have signed a document calling for the release of certain populations of illegal immigrants. They insist that keeping these illegals detained is a health risk, due to a lack of ability to social distance at ICE detention centers.

Said evangelicals include influential and powerful figures like Russell Moore – head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commision (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), Scott Arbeiter – President of World Relief, Walter Kim – President of National Association of Evangelicals, as well as  several others.

All of these figures are a part of the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), the organization under which the document was formed.

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The document states, in part:

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…we are writing out of concern for the wellbeing of both staff and detainees in immigrant detention facilities where ICE holds individuals with a pending court hearing. Our concern is rooted in our Christian belief that each human life is made in the image of God…and…we want to do everything possible to minimize the loss of life.

Individuals who are held in detention facilities…are effectively unable to practice the “social distancing”…to limit the spread the COVID-19. While it may be necessary to continue detaining individuals who have been convicted of violent crimes and who may pose a threat to public safety…the majority of individuals detained in ICE detention facilities have not been convicted of any criminal offense, and many of those with criminal convictions are for minor, non-violent offenses.

In the interest of public health…we encourage you to utilize alternatives to detention for individuals who do not pose a threat to public safety. Detainees who are elderly or who may otherwise be uniquely vulnerable to the worst effects of COVID-19 are of particular concern.

The obvious problem with releasing these illegal immigrants is that they are a “flight risk.” If let go, what incentive does someone who came here illegally, and so is fearful of being deported, have to show up to court.

These evangelicals battle that reality by stating, “Alternatives to detention (ATD) have proven highly effective in…assuring proper tracking of immigrants.”

They link to their website, where they argue that 95% of immigrants in ATD programs show up for their final court date.

The problem is that those already in ATD programs are presumably allowed to be in those programs becuase they aren’t a flight risk. Meaning, illegals still in detention are very likely significantly more of a flight risk than those who have already been put in ATD programs.

Additionally, these illegal immigrants traveled into the country illegally. We are currently restricting travel within the country, supposedly for the purposes of keeping everyone safe.

It doesn’t take a genius to see that letting out those who are essentially being detained for illegal travel might be a bad idea.

If they have no concern for laws about traveling into our borders, they’re likely not going to be concerned about laws restricting travel within our borders.

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If Democrats Win, Will Guns Sales Go Through the Roof?

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No matter who wins in 2020, the biggest story of this election cycle has been the record levels of gun sales.  In a piece titled “Guns Sales Break Records With Gun Control Legislation Likely If Democrats Win”, Newsweek highlights the meteoric rise of gun sales in 2020 and how these sales will only go up under a Biden administration.

It’s likely that a Biden win on November 3, 2020 will give life to gun control measure such as universal background checks, assault weapons bans, and national gun buybacks. Scott Reeves of Newsweek noted that “coronavirus pandemic, urban riots and the likelihood of increased regulation if the Democrats win the White House, regain control of the Senate and hold the House” have led to the unprecedented firearms sales.  A Biden win would only accelerate this trend, as people become frightened by the prospect of gun control.

Through September, background checks recorded by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reached 28.826 million. This total surpassed 2019’s record of 28.369 million, representing a 28 percent increase, according to the FBI report. As of September 30, Illinois was leading the nation in background checks with 5.6 million. Reeves noted that other states such as Kentucky (2.364 million) checks, Texas (1.730 million), Florida (1.386 million), Indiana (1.203 million), California (1.187 million) and Pennsylvania (1.030 million), were also experiencing significant upticks in gun sales.

Since NICS came into effect on November 1998, a total of 361.830 million background checks for all purposes have been completed since the program began in November 1998.

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Zogby Analytics provided some more data showing how enthusiastic Americans are about buying guns:

Zogby Analytics in Utica, New York found that the number of gun owners increased 3.9% between October 2019 and October 2020 to 31.3% of the population. The number of individuals in a household keeping a gun at home, work, vacation cottage or club for personal protection, hunting or target shooting increased 7% to 42.2% in the last year. Membership in the National Rifle Association, a gun rights advocacy group, increased 6% to 17.7% in the last year, Zogby’s polling found.

“While there is fierce debate in Washington D.C. and among voters about what certain types of guns and accessories constitute ‘assault weapons,’ adults in the U.S. are buying and keeping more guns,” Jonathan Zogby declared.

Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, an anti-Second Amendment organization, is of the opinion that uncertainty brought about by the Wuhan virus pandemic, riots, and the election are contributing factors to the rise in gun sales.

“Typically, gun sales rise in times of fear,” he said to Newsweek. “We live in a time when there’s a lot of fear, including fear that there might be more gun regulation with a Democratic President and Democratic majorities in Congress. And, there’s been a lot of unrest.”

Americans actions speak louder than their words. Even if Joe Biden does the unthinkable (and the very unlikely) by winning on November 3, his administration will encounter stiff resistance from gun-owning Americans across the political spectrum.

 

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