Why evangelicals should rethink the Trump gospel

The choice is stark, unsettling and serious: between what Christians call the “Great Commission” and President’s Trump’s call to “Make America Great Again” (MAGA). The Great Commission is racially and radically inclusive, while MAGA, as a matter of rhetoric and reality, is racially exclusive and divisive. Jesus praised a foreigner, an ethnic outcast, and religiously unpopular “good Samaritan” as an example of great compassion.—Cornell Brooks

Source: Why evangelicals should rethink the Trump gospel (opinion) – CNN

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Donald Trump has never shown much interest in understanding inequality

To say that “Americans are dreamers too” only makes sense under a misunderstanding of what DREAMers are actually asking for or under the zero-sum logic of status anxiety, in which any attention paid to a marginalized group must inherently mean that some other group must be losing ground. Donald Trump has never shown much interest in understanding this sort of inequality. Trump’s America is either a bootstrapper’s utopia where everyone has equal status and opportunity or the battered but rallying land of the “forgotten men and women” who have been threatened by foreign criminals and abandoned by cultural elites.

Source: State of the Union 2018: Trump’s biggest insult to immigrants – Vox

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Syrian immigrant serving up food for the homeless in Moncton, New Brunswick

A Syrian immigrant in New Brunswick is giving back to the community he now calls home by helping those who need it most. Elias was brought from Syria to Moncton by his brother-in-law eight years ago. Since arriving in the Maritimes, he has opened three businesses including a restaurant in the city’s downtown. For two hours every day, Elias offers hot food to the homeless at zero cost. He says helping the homeless is his way of saying thank you to the community that welcomed him with open arms.

Source: Syrian immigrant serving up food for the homeless in Moncton | CTV Atlantic News

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What Canada can teach the US about immigration reform

Canada plans to accept close to one million immigrants in just the next three years – nearly three percent of their total population – almost 60 percent of whom will come through employment-based channels. Compare that to only 14 percent of immigrants currently coming into the U.S. through employment-based programs.

Significantly raising the level of employment-based visa limits, and allowing each state to tailor its intake according to their workforce needs, would allow the U.S. economy to efficiently capture the employment-ready, educated workers we need for more robust economic growth.

Source: On immigration reform, Canada has the right ideas-commentary

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