Immigration debate heated at Kan. lawmaker’s forum

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A Kansas congresswoman’s town hall meeting grew heated as the discussion turned to immigration, and a pastor found himself shouted down for suggesting compassion for immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports  that the Rev. Jason Schoff faced shouts of “They’re illegal” when he spoke during Wednesday’s event at a Topeka hotel hosted by 2nd District Republican Lynn Jenkins.

Jenkins discussed her support work by GOP leaders in the U.S. House on an alternative a bipartisan Senate proposal offering a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants.

Schoff is director of Latino outreach for Mission Adelante, a Kansas City, Kan., church and mission group assisting immigrants. He told Jenkins that he’s concerned “about the human condition” in immigration.

He also said Kansas businesses need immigrant workers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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