Tarso Luís Ramos & Pam Chamberlain
Series Number: 51
“If we didn’t abort our children, the U.S. wouldn’t need to hire illegals to work,” reads the marquee first spotted in the fall of 2007 at a suburban Boston Baptist church. Such sentiments are surprisingly common. Prominent conservatives, including former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) and Prison Ministries’ Chuck Colson, argue that abortion has created a worker shortage that in turn has created an immigration problem. This rhetoric is emblematic of the recent and dramatic convergence between conservative White evangelical Protestants — the base constituency of the Christian Right—and the anti-immigrant movement, whose most vocal leader is a population control advocate forged in the eugenics movement. How is it that Christian rightists have become bed-fellows with a movement at odds with them on the core principle of the sanctity of unborn human life?