The Common Good

Evangelicals may boost immigration shift

Date: December 2, 2012
It's the right thing to do from a moral perspective, say Land and other evangelical Christian leaders. But after Obama won 71 percent of the Latino vote, Land, a onetime President George W. Bush federal appointee, acknowledged the political rationale behind backing immigration reform: "It's called reality."

Conservative evangelical Christians are a rock-solid part of the GOP political base, so when they talk, Republicans listen. Many have long advocated some kind of reform, but when they gather Tuesday as part of a bipartisan national strategy session sponsored by the National Immigration Forum, they will have the ear of Republican lawmakers as at no time in the past 25 years.

And while Democrats may loathe their conservative positions on other social issues, analysts say liberals must hold their noses and hope evangelicals can persuade the GOP to support reform.