The Common Good

Evangelical Immigration Table Calls for Path to Citizenship in Immigration Reform

Date: March 19, 2013

The Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition of evangelical groups that support immigration reform, called for a path to citizenship for current unauthorized immigrants.

"As evangelicals, we don't believe there are second class images of God, and therefore we don't believe in a second class status for people who are willing to follow and earned path for citizenship," the Rev. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, said on a press call announcing the statement.

The issue of whether current undocumented immigrants should be given a path to legal status or a path to citizenship, without having to return to their home country first, was recently raised by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. In a new book on immigration, Bush suggested that current undocumented immigrants should only be allowed a path to legal status, though he later softened that stance after speaking to some Republican members of Congress working on the immigration issue.