WASHINGTON (BP) – President Obama's new executive actions to change immigration policy are unwise and threaten the growing consensus for reform, said the Southern Baptist Convention's lead ethicist.
Obama announced in prime time Nov. 20 his actions, which include most controversially a plan to protect nearly five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The president's use of executive authority came after the Senate approved comprehensive immigration reform in the last Congress but the House of Representatives failed to do.
Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), said he disagreed with Obama's unilateral act. Moore noted he supports immigration reform, but the president's decision is an "unwise and counterproductive move."
Writing in a post for Time magazine online, Moore said, "It's because of my support for immigrants and for immigration reform that I think President Obama's executive actions are the wrong way to go.