Orlando Area Leaders Emphasize the Value of Immigrants to Society

Communications Associate

March 7, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. — Local leaders encouraged a more positive conversation on immigrants and immigration during a panel discussion Saturday.

Ahead of the Republican debate in Miami, leaders emphasized immigrants’ positive contributions in their communities and stressed the biblical mandate to welcome the stranger. Participants also underscored the need for long-lasting, broad immigration reform.

“I’m thankful for the immigrants who move into my community, learn a new language and culture, create opportunities for work, and grow as human beings who are willing to learn and to teach new things,” said Joel Tooley, Pastor at Tavares Church of the Nazarene.

“As Christian sojourners, it’s important for us to realize that we are all immigrants destined for a new heaven and new earth,” said Craig Greatman, Pastor at Gospel Life Church in Palm Bay “Within that paradigm, the reality of how we treat immigrants is predicated on how God treats us.”

“We should be more concerned about what Scripture says concerning immigrants than what any political candidate says,” said Miguel Medina, Pastor at CrossPointe Español in Orlando.

“America is better when we view immigrants as human beings made in the image of God and love them as our neighbor by doing whatever it takes to help restore their value in this country,” said Rondell Treviño, Southeast Mobilizer, Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform.