As the national debate on Trump’s immigration policies continues, California Governor Jeff Brown attempted to claim moral superiority on the immigration issue by framing the debate in religious terminology. Brown said President Trump should do the “Christian thing” and keep the doors open to all.
Brown made the comments just days before telling an audience “don’t rule it out” when asked about running for president in 2020.
In an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Brown said his state of California is going to fight hard against the building of the wall and noted his desire for President Trump to lean into his Christian values.
“Number one, I don’t like that wall. And to the extent that violates law, certainly I would enforce that.”
He added that in California “We aren’t going to sit around and just play patsy and say ‘hey, lock us in and do whatever the hell you want and deport two million people. No we are going to fight.”
“And we are going to fight very hard.”
“But we’re not going to bring stupid lawsuits or go to the courthouse everyday. We are going to be careful. We are going to be strategic and we will do the right human and I mean to say Christian thing from my point of view.”
“You don’t treat human beings like that…I mean Trump is suppose to be Mr. religious fellow and I thought we got to treat the least of these…the way we treat the Lord. I hope he reconnects with some of his conservative evangelicals and they will tell him that (immigrants) are human beings and children of God and they should be treated that way.”
Evangelical leader Samuel Rodriguez is the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and the man who led Donald Trump’s inauguration prayer at the end of January. In previous interviews he’s stated that, Latino Christians faced a dilemma and some challenging questions this past election season. And now many of them are looking at a new “political reality.”
Where Christian Hispanics have to ask themselves, “I’m a Latino and a Christian. Which is more important?”
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