Immigration Fact Check: Myths vs. Reality

Myths:

1. “Illegal immigration leads to higher crime rates; thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country.”

2. “Each week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone – 90 percent of which floods across from our Southern Border and is produced by Mexico. The southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs – including meth, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl — and a border wall will fix this.”

3. “Americans are hurt by uncontrolled, illegal migration. Immigration strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages.”

4. “There is a security crisis at the southern border; thousands of illegal immigrants try to enter our country every day.”

5. “It’s illegal to migrate to the United States.”

Reality:

1. Research shows that immigrants commit crimes less frequently than American-born citizens, and illegal immigration does not lead to more violent crime. Researchers even found that states with higher shares of undocumented immigrants generally had lower crime rates than those with smaller shares of immigrants.

2. While 90 percent of the heroin sold in the United States comes from Mexico, virtually all of it comes through legal points of entry and wouldn’t be stopped by a border wall. The Drug Enforcement Administration says “only a small percentage” of heroin seized by U.S. authorities comes across on territory between ports of entry. The same is true of drugs generally.

3. While the data is complex, the consensus among economic research studies is that the impact of immigration is primarily a net positive for the U.S. economy and to workers overall, especially over the long term. The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found the job impacts of immigration, when measured over at least 10 years, are very small. It found immigration — legal and illegal — is an overall benefit to long-term economic growth.

4. The number of people crossing the border illegally is actually declining. Border crossings have been falling for years. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported just over 300,000 apprehensions for illegal border crossings in 2017, the lowest in more than 45 years and down from more than 1.6 million in 2000. While more people were caught at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2018 than in 2017, these numbers are still far lower than they were in the mid-2000s. The number of people caught trying to cross illegally is near 20-year lows.

5. It’s perfectly legal to try to migrate to the U.S. through legal points of entry. Seeking asylum is also permitted, and law demands that immigrants have access to due process and safe and sanitary conditions. While the numbers of migrants crossing illegally are down, since 2014 more families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have begun to seek asylum in the U.S. in search of safer conditions or economic opportunities, thus creating a humanitariancrisis, not a security crisis. The biggest security crisis related to immigration in the United States today is the inhumane and unlawful treatment of migrant families, including unsafe and unsanitary conditions that deny immigrants of their dignity and basic human rights.

Sources:
https://beta.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/01/09/fact-checking-president-trumps-oval-office-address-immigration/?outputType=amp; https://time.com/5530506/donald-trump-emergency-border-fact-check/?amp=true; https://www.apnews.com/3bf581a53684440b92121bb1b8ae43a9; https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/politics/Fact-Check-Trump-Claims-Drug-Smuggling-Border-Wall-504072361.html?amp=y

Dreaming of America (And Weeping Too)

Songs, poems & prayers in the spirit of justice, solidarity & love

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As our nation prepares to commemorate the Fourth of July, join us for a fundraising concert featuring local artists, musicians, and leaders as we dream of an America that truly lives up to the promise of liberty and justice for all.

June 30
6:30 p.m.
Brentwood Christian Church

All proceeds benefit Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri, a grassroots community of local activists and organizers committed to economic dignity and race equity.

Featured artists and presenters include:

  • Emily Bowen-Marler & the B Street Band, Brentwood Christian Church
  • Adrienne Denson Ewell, Campbell United Methodist Church
  • Mark Dixon, Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center
  • Micki Pulleyking, Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Mayra Ramirez, Hand in Hand Multicultural Center
  • Toni Robinson, Springfield NAACP President
  • The Bruce Butler Five
  • And many more…

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The Way to the Cross, The Way of the Cross

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This Sunday marks the beginning of a new sermon series for the season of Lent that explores the Way Jesus walked to the Cross and the how we as followers of Jesus are called to walk the Way of the Cross. Over the years, it has become easy for Christians to sentimentalize the Cross, to make it a symbol of transaction rather than the consequence of a life lived in dedication to the least of these and in resistance to the power of empire. When we follow Christ, we need to see the cross as more than simply what Christ has done for us individually and recognize it as a way that challenges us to resist empire and to seek the ones who have been harmed by the powers that be. Rev. Emily Bowen-Marler will explore some of the stories in the Gospels that illuminate the Way of the Cross walked by Jesus.

March 10 – Jesus in the Wilderness, “Simply Living So Others May Simply Live”
March 17 – The Parable of the Lost Sheep, “Abandoned and Welcomed”
March 24 – Zaccheus and Jesus, “Emptying of Prosperity”
March 31 – Abraham, Isaac, and Jesus, “What Kind of Sacrifice?”

Worship at 10 a.m.

We are still having worship this morning, but the roads are a bit icy in places, so please use caution when heading to church. Of course, if you don’t feel safe driving in this weather, you can join us online for the sermon during the 10 o’clock hour at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnPtvfPFyKlUT3_A-tUw6CA

And you can support the church financially by clicking the “Donate Online” button on the left side of our page or by texting your dollar amount to 417-283-8175.

Kids and Consent Class on Saturday, February 9

Kids and Consent Class on Saturday, February 9

It’s never too early to learn about consent! Though we often associate consent only with sexual assault, the truth is that it is an essential aspect of all relationships. People (even kids) have the right to set boundaries about their bodies, their possessions, and their actions, and we need to respect those boundaries. Me Too Springfield will be presenting this class in our fellowship hall on Saturday, February 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. In this class, parents (or grandparents, teachers, or anyone who loves kids) will learn how to teach their children about consent, body autonomy, communication, and self-worth. People of all ages (including children) are welcome!

New Sermon Series Begins This Sunday, January 20

abrahamJourney through the book of Genesis and learn about Abraham and his descendants as we take a look at some of these well known stories from a different perspective. The sermon series begins this Sunday and runs through February (with the exception of February 3 when our Youth Minister Reed Dressler will be preaching) and will invite you to wonder along with Emily as she explores the covenant God made with Abraham, the plight of Hagar, how Isaac felt when he realized the trip to the mountains of Moriah might be a one-way trip, whether Esau could forgive his brother Jacob for stealing his birthright, and the highly dysfunctional relationship between Joseph and his brothers.

  • January 20 God, Abraham and a Covenant (Genesis 15)
  • January 28 Hagar and Ishmael (Genesis 16 and 21)
  • February 10 Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 22)
  • February 17 Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25, 27, 32 and 33)
  • February 24 Joseph and his Brothers (Genesis 37)

Annual MLK Jr. March & Celebration

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The NAACP is hosting the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March and Celebration on January 21, 2019. The march begins at 9 a.m. where we will walk from the Mediacom Ice Park to the Gillioz Theatre to enjoy the program, “Reigniting the Dream.” The NAACP will be collecting socks for Rare Breed and coats and gloves for children within Springfield Public Schools. We hope you can join us as we march to honor and celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.