The Common Good

Evangelicals pushing Republicans to back immigration reform

Date: June 7, 2013

The $250,000 radio ad campaign is being funded by the National Immigration Forum, an immigrant-advocacy group in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition of prominent local and national evangelical leaders who represent a broad range of evangelical churches and organizations.

Similar ads narrated by other prominent evangelical Christian leaders from around the country have been running this week in 13 other key states.

The ads are part of a growing campaign by politically influential evangelical Christian leaders using Bible Scripture to drum up support for immigration reforms that include a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented.

The ads are timed in advance of the full U.S. Senate’s debate over the sweeping immigration-reform bill, which is expected to start next week. The bill, crafted by a bipartisan group of senators known as the Gang of Eight, will need to gain the support of conservative Republicans to ensure passage in the Senate and later in the GOP-controlled House.