Evangelicals pushing for immigration reform

More than one-hundred fifty evangelical leaders have signed onto a new program called the Evangelical Immigration Table. The Table’s statement is broad but powerful:

As evangelical Christian leaders, we call for a bipartisan solution on immigration that:

  • Respects the God-given dignity of every person

  • Protects the unity of the immediate family

  • Respects the rule of law

  • Guarantees secure national borders

  • Ensures fairness to taxpayers

  • Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents

This is one of those nice times when Christianity can help erode xenophobia. Evangelical churches are, for all their flaws, one of the most multiracial spaces in America – and as the number of hispanic evangelicals in America has grown, the evangelical church moving leftward on immigration issues was pretty near inevitable. Still, it’s exciting to watch it happen.

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