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Jim Wallis, president of the Christian social justice group Sojourners, said it's part of a "sea change" in the evangelical community. The change is partly driven by an increasing number of immigrant church-goers.
Jim Wallis, editor-in-chief of the evangelical Sojourners Magazine said America is sending conflicting messages to immigrants. "[There are] two signs up at the border: One says, 'No trespass,' the other says, 'Help Wanted,'" he said. "In between these signs, 11 million vulnerable people have gotten stuck," he continued. "Both parties have failed, Democrats and Republicans, with a broken, dysfunctional and morally corrupt system."
In a statement called the "Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform," The Southern Baptist Convention, Focus on the Family, Sojourners, and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference asked Congress to craft legislation that is tough but compassionate.
"Fifty million people, 50 million live below poverty, that's the most in 50 years, 20 percent of our children," progressive evangelical writer and activist Jim Wallis said.
Clergy who typically try to stay as far away from politics as possible are now doing their best to get involved,one Obama Administration official tells Beltway Buzz.
President Obama and some of his senior staff met Wednesday with a group of national Christian leaders about the potential effects of the default debate on funding for programs that help the needy.