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January 8, 2013

Jenny Yang

"Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate"

Underwritten by John & Mary Loeks

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Watch the half hour Inner Compass interview (episode # 1310).

Jenny YangImmigration is one of the most heated topics of discussion in politics and at the dinner table.  Christians often feel torn between the desire to show compassion and mercy towards immigrants while also upholding the rule of law.  Jenny Yang, Director of Advocacy and Policy of the Refugee and Immigration Program at World Relief and co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate will debunk common myths around immigration while also providing a Biblical perspective on the current immigration debate.  By detailing why our immigration laws are not working, she will offer detailed analysis of the current political climate, various policy proposals being debated, and what Christians can do to respond.

As the Director of Advocacy and Policy for the Refugee and Immigration Program at World Relief, Jenny works with members of Congress, their staffers, and the Administration to improve refugee and immigration policy.  She previously worked in the Resettlement section of World Relief as the Senior Case Manager and East Asia Program Officer where she focused on advocacy for refugees in the East Asia region and managed the entire refugee caseload for World Relief before their arrival to the United States.  Previous to World Relief, she worked at the largest political fundraising firm in Maryland managing fundraising and campaigning for local politicians.  Jenny has researched refugee and asylum law in Madrid, Spain through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.  She is co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate.

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In Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate, Jenny Yang and Matthew Soerens put a human face on the issue and tell stories of immigrants' experiences in and out of the system. Their balanced analysis debunks myths and shows the limitations of current policies. Ultimately they point us toward immigration reform that is compassionate, sensible and just, as they offer concrete ways for Christians and local churches to welcome and minister to our immigrant neighbors.

"Every Christian seeking an informed response on this critical issue should read this book." - Jim Wallis