Coming to a pew near you: Immigration film dubbed 'propaganda'

Friday, June 6, 2014
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A pro-immigration enforcement organization says a new pro-illegal alien video produced by an evangelical organization is a propaganda piece. 

"The Stranger" is being shown in thousands of churches around the country. It was produced by the Evangelical Immigration Table, the controversial group that is lobbying Congress to pass massive amnesty legislation.

Mehlman, Ira (Federation for American Immigration Reform)Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform or FAIR, calls the film "propaganda" and affirms people have the right to produce propaganda to attempt to influence others.

"But we have to be sophisticated enough as an audience to be able to discern what is propaganda and what is truth, and be able to see through some of the things they're putting out there," he says.

The three-minute trailer (see below) includes a pastor and his wife suggesting Christians should embrace illegal immigrants, and an illegal immigrant named Regina who is afraid of being deported and leaving behind her children.

Mehlman says the Evangelical Immigration Table cannot claim to represent the views of all evangelicals. 

"You have these individuals and foundations who are creating these front groups pretending to represent evangelical Christians or some other group," he says. "And it's not really clear that they really represent a broad segment of the evangelical population."

And Mehlman says the new documentary leaves out an important word when describing immigrants: "illegal."

Regina, the mother, is described as an "undocumented immigrant" in the trailer and the film. 

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