The Common Good

Evangelicals Descend on Capitol Hill to Push Immigration Reform

Date: April 18, 2013

Over 300 evangelicals representing 25 states gathered in the nation's capitol Wednesday for worship, prayer and meetings with members of Congress in an effort to bring about comprehensive immigration reform.

The events, organized by the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), began with a press conference in front of the Capitol, followed by a praise and worship service a few blocks away at Church of the Reformation, a prayer walk, and over 80 meetings with senators and representatives.

"We're here to say that immigration reform has strong evangelical support," said the Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition.

The bipartisan "gang of eight" senators working on immigration reform had just released a bill proposal at 2 a.m. on Wednesday. The Evangelical Immigration Table did not have time to read the 844 page bill to determine if it was consistent with the organization's "Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform," Salguero explained. Many of the speakers, though, were clearly excited about the bill's possibilities.