The Common Good

Evangelical Leaders Plan Big Immigration Reform Push

Date: November 13, 2012

Over the past several years, growth in the evangelical community has come disproportionately from Latinos, making the issue a priority for many evangelical groups and their leaders. Speakers on the call stressed that the evangelical community’s embrace of reform comes both from the teachings of the Bible and the fact that Latinos are increasingly a part of their community.

“This for us is a conversion issue,” Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojournors group, said Tuesday. “It’s really what we have — we’ve been changed by Jesus Christ on this, what the Bible says”

“As in the evangelical community, people have become more familiar with what the Bible has to say — and that’s by far the majority issue,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals. He also said the recognition that many immigrants are evangelicals has helped raise the enthusiasm for reform.

While those on the call indicated they did have to work to educate their own congregations about reform, they said concern about it is lessening and support growing.