The Common Good

Evangelical Leaders Urge Immigration Shakeup

Date: November 13, 2012

More than 150 evangelical leaders called on President Barack Obama Tuesday to make revamping the nation's immigration system a top priority, following a presidential election in which the Latino vote was a decisive factor.

An open letter from the group demanded that Mr. Obama and the heads of the Senate and House of Representatives support a legalization program for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Among the signatories are Leith Anderson, president of the conservative National Association of Evangelicals, and Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, a liberal group.

"We urge you to reach across the aisle and work to create a bipartisan solution that reflects our values, creates just and human immigration laws and moves us forward together," the letter said. "We are driven by a moral obligation rooted deeply in our faith to address the needs of immigrants in our country."