The current immigration debate in the US often ignores the underlying causes of immigration, especially from Latin America, and preempts attempts at a Christian response. Our workshop will consider some of those neglected causes as well as the concrete effects of existing immigration policy. We will also discuss the promise and limits of legislative reform and the church’s mission, whether there is national legislative reform or not.
Tommy Givens is assistant professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He also teaches in the area of Christian Ethics and is the faculty advisor to Fuller’s Peace and Justice Advocates student group. He earned a Th.D. at Duke University and is author of the forthcoming book, We the People: Israel and the Catholicity of Jesus (Fortress Press). He has also published articles in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, the Journal of Theological Interpretation, and other academic and popular journals.