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The group also included Leith Anderson of the National Council of Evangelicals, Joel Hunter of Northland Church in Orlando, Fla., and Jim Wallis of Sojourners. Administration officials in the meeting included Melissa Rogers, executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and former general counsel for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.
Richard Land, head of the conservative Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and progressives like Sojourners founder Jim Wallis joined to support an initiative called the Evangelical Immigration Table. That group demands a two-party solution to the immigration dilemma and calls for a solution that affirms “the God-given dignity of every person.”
In addition to Land, other leaders of the Evangelical Immigration Table are Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Stephen Bauman, president of World Relief; David Beckman, president of Bread for the World; Noel Catellanos, chief executive officer of Christian Community Development Association; Luis Cortés, president of Esperanza; Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coaltion; and Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners.
Lisa Sharon Harper, director of mobilization at Sojourners, writes from the perspective of a liberal Democrat. D.C. Innes, associate professor of politics at The King's College in New York and an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, examines issues from the viewpoint of a conservative Republican.
Marv Knox of the Baptist Standard encourages readers and organizations to join the Circle of Protection.