The Common Good

Evangelicals see promise in immigration proposal

Date: April 18, 2013

A coalition of evangelical leaders who hope to shape national immigration reform is expressing cautious optimism about a bill a bipartisan group of senators introduced in Congress.

Richard Land, the public policy director for the Southern Baptist Convention, said the new bill passes the biggest hurdle for many evangelicals by not allowing “amnesty” but would instead require undocumented immigrants to work toward American citizenship.

“It provides an earned pathway to full legal status and then to citizenship for those who want it,” Land said Wednesday (April 17). “That is not amnesty in any dictionary in the English language.”