Credit Where Credit Is Due: Evangelicals Push For Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Rodriguez heads the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and, along with a number of other organizations, including the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the National Association of Evangelicals, Sojourners and Focus on the Family, have created a coalition called the Evangelical Immigration Table.
The fact that Sojourners, led by well-known progressive Jim Wallis, an adviser to President Obama, is a part of this coalition means that it is not just a stalking horse for conservative ideology. Another leader is David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World, which is a non-partisan Christian organization aimed at ending hunger in the U.S. and worldwide. This coalition is impressive in its breadth.
The Evangelical Immigration Table has published a statement of principles on immigration reform, calling for a bipartisan solution 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