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BRIEF: Professor to discuss the Christian perspective on immigration reform

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On the heels of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the controversial Arizonan immigration law, Whitworth Political Science Professor Julia Stronks will present her second Lindaman Chair lecture, “Christian Perspectives on Immigration Reform,” on Nov. 14, at Whitworth University.

Stronks’ talk will examine several aspects of immigration reform, including asking her audience to consider whether it is possible for Christians to come to consensus on what policy should look like. She will explore issues such as the border fence, the recent Arizona immigration law and DREAM Act options, according to a press release.

“Immigration reform is a contentious issue, often dividing not just the culture but also Christians,” Stronks said in the release. “Many Christians believe that their faith should shape the way they view cultural conflicts, but it is hard to do this when we don't have a great deal of information about the impact that policy has on communities.”

Stronks’ lecture will be divided into three questions: 1) Do Christians bring anything unique to public policy discussion? 2) Is there any common ground between the right and the left on the issue of immigration reform? and 3) If there is common ground, where might we start in building public policy options?

Her research focuses on faith, law and public policy. 

She will give her lecture at 7 p.m. in Whitworth’s Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall. Admission is free. For more information call (509) 777-4937.

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