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Outsider or Neighbor? Pastor Calls for Compassion Toward Immigrants

October 21, 2010

SAN JOSE, CA. – Who is a neighbor? Is it the person one knows and understands, or is it the outsider who looks and speaks differently?

Presbyterian Pastor Ben Daniel tackles those questions in a new book he wrote that explores the spiritual reasons why undocumented immigrants should be extended friendship, not shunned.

In Neighbor; Christian Encounters With ‘Illegal’ Immigration, Daniel makes the case that immigrants – no matter their status – are neighbors who should be embraced as newcomers who have the potential to bless the community.

“In my life I have been blessed by immigrants, not because I bless them, but because they bless me,” Daniel said in an interview at a San Jose café. The city is home to a large population of immigrants from around the world, including Mexico.

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