Immigration: Tough Questions, Direct Answers, By Dale Hanson Bourke alt
  • Length: 152 pages
  • Published: June 05, 2014
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 7965
  • ISBN: 9780830879656

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How can we be sure terrorists aren't entering our country?

What does it mean to be a citizen?

Do immigrants help or hurt the economy?

What's wrong with calling someone an illegal immigrant?

In this Skeptic's Guide™ Dale Hanson Bourke sheds light on key terms and concepts, historical events and current concerns that drive the immigration debate. Such a complex issue offers no easy answers, but with charts and photos, facts and quotes, this dynamic guide sheds light without adding heat to the most important questions—a hallmark of the Skeptic's Guide series, making it a valuable resource for individuals and groups.

"I am more convinced than ever that the church is called to be an instrument of peace in the world. In a culture where worldviews are often shaped by stereotypes and stigmas that have been amplified through the latest sound bite, the church must be shaped by human relationships rather than political talking points. As citizens of both the kingdom of God and the United States, those who are part of the American church desperately need a framework through which to engage the reality of immigration. In this book, Dale Hanson Bourke offers one such resource by directly answering the questions we have either failed to ask or ignored completely. My hope is that the church will read this book and develop robust theology and practice around immigration, which in turn will mobilize real-life relationships as instruments of peace."

Jon Huckins, cofounder, The Global Immersion Project

"When someone wants to know about the U.S. immigration debates, I'll point them to this book. Dale Hanson Bourke is unmatched at giving an even-handed and readable account of controversial matters."

Mark Galli, editor, Christianity Today

"It was eye-opening when I realized how many people in my life—how many people in my church—were directly impacted by the immigration debate. This issue, so often driven by abstract statistics and predetermined ideology, affects real people who matter to God, and who ought to matter to the church. In Immigration, Dale Hanson Bourke helps clear the fog surrounding the immigration issue so we can address it sensibly and compassionately."

Bill Hybels, senior pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

"The legislative battle over immigration reform has become so deeply politicized that it has become commonplace to find facts tossed to the side. Immigration picks the facts back up and places them front and center. Dale Hanson Bourke offers the most thorough explanation of our current immigration system that I have ever encountered. In fact, this book answered questions I didn't even know I had. And that's the kicker: You'd think a book full of facts would be boring, but it wasn't. I just kept turning the pages. Like an expedition, each page offered new things to see and understand, and I left with a deeper appreciation of the need for and challenges presented by immigration reform."

Lisa Sharon Harper, senior director of mobilizing, Sojourners

"'A lie will go round the world,' Charles Spurgeon once quipped, 'while truth is pulling its boots on.' Few contemporary issues are as mired in misinformation, half-truths and rumors as the topic of immigration, and sorting myth from reality can seem like a full-time job. Thanks to this most recent installment in Dale Hanson Bourke's Skeptic's Guide Series, though, the facts have a chance of catching up with the inaccuracies. With concise responses to many of the most pressing questions on one of the most urgent issues impacting the church and our nation today, Immigration lays out the facts, allowing readers to reach their own informed opinions."

Matthew Soerens, US church training specialist at World Relief, field director of Evangelical Immigration Table and coauthor of Welcoming the Stranger

"The careful reader will be better informed and able to enter the debate with intelligence about the consequences of particular positions. It is possible to take a complex subject and break it down for better understanding of what is at stake in the debate. This is Bourke's gift and she has done a masterful job. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to be more intelligent about the fate of immigrant neighbors."

Roy Howard, Prebyterian Outlook, October 13, 2014


1. Defining Terms
2. The Big Picture
3. A Nation of Immigrants
4. Major Issues Affecting U.S. Immigration
5. Economics of Immigration
6. Who Are the Immigrants?
7. Immigration Reform
About the Author
The Skeptic?s Guide Series


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Dale Hanson Bourke

Dale Hanson Bourke is president of PDI, a marketing and communications strategy firm. The author of ten books and numerous magazine articles, she often speaks and writes on international development and women's issues. Previously president of the CIDRZ Foundation and SVP at World Relief, Bourke has also served as publisher of Religion News Service and editor of Today's Christian Woman, and was a nationally syndicated columnist. Dale holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and has served on the boards of World Vision US, World Vision International, International Justice Mission, Sojourners, ECFA and Opportunity International. She currently serves on the board of MAP International and the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA).