The Common Good

Evangelical leaders urge Obama, Congress to reform immigration

Date: November 26, 2012

Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land and other evangelical Christian leaders have called on President Obama and congressional leaders to act quickly next year in an effort to reform the country’s immigration laws.

In that statement, the signers acknowledged efforts to repair what many of them describe as a broken system have resulted in polarization and a misrepresentation of “each other’s positions as open borders and amnesty versus deportations of millions. This false choice has led to an unacceptable political stalemate at the federal level at a tragic human cost.”

The others signing the Nov. 13 letters with Land were Leith Anderson, president, National Association of Evangelicals; Stephen Bauman, president, World Relief; David Beckmann, president, Bread for the World; Noel Castellanos, chief executive officer, Christian Community Development Association; Robert Gittelson, president, Conservatives for Comprehensive 

Immigration Reform; Samuel Rodriguez, president, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Gabriel Salguero, president, National Latino Evangelical Coalition; Richard Stearns, president, World Vision United States, and Jim Wallis, president, Sojourners.

They sent letters to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in addition to Obama.