GAINESVILLE, Ga. — With President Trump revealing his latest immigration reform proposal today, Pastor Jetnezen Franklin releases the following statement:
“It’s been an honor to be a part of a number of conversations at the White House on immigration reform. I am pleased with many of the reforms the president proposed today, most notably, a concerted effort to better equip our border security agents to prevent drug trafficking, an expedited asylum process for those in desperate situations, and a process to allow immediate families to emigrate together.
Hyper-partisanship has blinded some of our leaders from seeing a need to address worsening conditions at the U.S. and Mexico border. I’ve been to the border and seen with my own eyes the human toll that this crisis is taking. All of the issues mentioned above are long overdue for Congress to address.
As a pastor of a church with a large population of immigrants, this issue is deeply personal to me. I believe Congress needs to find middle ground on immigration reform. As Americans, we can be both welcoming to immigrants, and also advocate for improvements to the border wall and enhanced border security.
Pastor Jentezen Franklin is the Senior Pastor of Free Chapel, a multi-campus church. Each week his television program “Kingdom Connection” is broadcast on major networks all over the world. A New York Times best-selling author, Jentezen has written eight books including his latest, Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt.