The Common Good

Evangelicals Rally for Pathway to Citizenship and Immigration Reform

Source: PBS
Date: April 23, 2013

"We desperately need comprehensive immigration reform," Richard Land, a prominent Southern Baptist leader, boomed to a packed church two blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

Hundreds of evangelical leaders recently gathered in the nation's capital to take the message of comprehensive immigration reform from the pews in their churches to the politicians in the Capitol. The day was organized as the "Evangelical Day of Prayer and Action for Immigration Reform."

"They know where our steeples are, but they don't know where our hearts are -- that is what we are here to change, " David Uth, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla., told reporters at a press conference staged with the familiar dome as his backdrop.

The Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition of diverse evangelical leaders, formed a couple of years ago to push immigration reform through a grassroots movement in churches across the country. In their mission statement they write, "Our national immigration laws have created a moral, economic and political crisis in America."