The Common Good

Evangelical leaders call for deadline on immigration reform

Date: November 13, 2012

“This is the 21st century, and our immigration laws are from the 20th century,” Leith Anderson, president of the National Assn. of Evangelicals said. “It’s time to move on.”

As pointed out by Jim Wallis, president and chief executive of the Christian organization Sojourners, the evangelical community is coming to the realization that a sizable number of immigrants are also evangelicals, worshiping in the same churches and living in the same neighborhoods, putting a human face at the lead of a “growing, exciting movement.”

Several leaders involved with the letters pointed to scriptural education within churches and local communities as playing a large role in lessening opposition to reform among a largely conservative group.