I want to praise Marcus Rubio today for a few reasons. First, I appreciate those who are willing to meet in the middle to get things done. Second, I commend that he is smart enough to realize that Republicans will continue to lose elections by increasing margins around the country if they don't change their tune on immigrants.
Most of all, it's hard for me not to think that the "path to citizenship" for illegal immigrants without a criminal record is not only the most civilized and humane option, not only the most American option, but the most Christian option. I realize it is not without its complications--it inadvertently encourages more illegal immigration.
But it has the right spirit. America at its best has always welcomed peaceful immigrants who want to be a part of us. In Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile, and God insists on protection of the stranger in the land, since the Israelites were once strangers in Egypt. Objections usually either sound morally immature or even like pretenses hiding deeper motives that aren't so pretty. Not always the case, of course, but I suspect more often than not.
And since this potential legislation fits with the Wesleyan Church's white paper on the topic, I'm allowed to take sides. :-)