The Common Good

Evangelicals push immigration reform on the Hill

Source: Politico
Date: March 20, 2013

Evangelical leaders have swarmed Capitol Hill this year with phone calls and visits pushing comprehensive immigration reform. One evangelical group has even started airing TV ads on the issue.

The target is opponents of reform, primarily congressional Republicans, and conservative lawmakers say the outreach is having an impact.

A coalition of groups and pastors called the Evangelical Immigration Table is running ads in support of Sen. Lindsey Graham for his work on an immigration bill, which could be valuable to the South Carolina Republican as he runs for reelection next year.

“I come from a district — and from my own personal beliefs — where it matters to me what folks in the faith community think, and they are weighing in more than they did five years ago; I see it especially with Sen. Graham,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who chairs the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.