Iowa Gov. Calls for Americans to Pray, Doesn't Want Immigrant Children in Iowa

| by Michael Allen

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) recently signed a proclamation that calls for prayer and repentance around the U.S. to begin on July 14, 2014.

July 14 was chosen by a Christian national prayer campaign called "If 7:14" and refers to II Chronicles 7:14 in the Bible, notes CBN.

II Chronicles 7:14 was specifically addressed to the children of Israel in the Bible, but the Christian "7:14" campaign is claiming it should apply to the U.S. in July. The verse states:

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

The "7:14" campaign wants Christians to set their alarms for 7:14 in the morning and at night to remind them to pray twice every day.

While the Bible has numerous verses in support of immigration, Gov. Branstad stated today that he doesn't want undocumented immigrant children sent to his state, reports CBS Washington D.C.

“The first thing we need to do is secure the border. I do have empathy for these kids,” Gov. Branstad said at a press conference today. “But I also don’t want to send the signal that [you] send your kids to America illegally. That’s not the right message.”

Gov. Branstad and other U.S. governors met with HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell on Sunday about providing shelter for the undocumented children.

Per U.S. law, immigrant children who arrive from countries that do not border the U.S. and enter the U.S. by themselves are cared for by the U.S. government or turned over to relatives in the U.S. until they can have a hearing at an immigration court, which takes about three years.

Gov. Branstad was also upset that there was no federal immigration investigation of the relatives who take care of the children.

More than 50,000 children from Honduras, El Salvador or Guatemala have crossed the U.S. border since October 2013.

Sources: CBS Washington D.C. and CBN (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)