The Common Good

GOP Immigration Push Grows

Also Tuesday, some 250 evangelical Christians, representatives of business and law-enforcement officials convened in Washington in an effort to push Congress toward an immigration overhaul. Over the last few years, Christian and business leaders, traditional Republican allies, have been working to build support for an overhaul.Now, with the issue ripe for action, they are preparing a broad lobbying effort.

"We have been pandering…to a small minority of our party," Mark Shurtleff, GOP attorney general of Utah, said at the conference. "Now is the time to get this done."

GOP leaders have shown renewed interest in reworking immigration laws since the election, in which Hispanic voters, who tend to back liberalized immigration laws, overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama.